State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, has secured $200,000 to help replace the Green Lake dam.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation has reclassified the danger – should the dam fail – from an intermediate hazard to a high hazard. That means if the dam fails, it could result in “widespread or serious damage to the area, meaning possible loss of human life or widespread substantial economic loss is likely,” according to the new designation.
“The re-classification of Green Lake Dam is troubling for the residents of Orchard Park,” Grisanti said.
“We need to start this project now,” said Orchard Park Councilman Eugene Majchrzak, who met with Town Engineer Wayne Bieler and Grisanti about the project. “The longer we wait, the greater the risk and the higher the cost.”
Also this week:
• The Village Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the municipal center, 4295 S. Buffalo St.
• The town Historic Preservation Board will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Historic Preservation Office in the municipal center.
• The Conservation Board will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 in the municipal center.
• The Town Board will conduct a work session at 6 p.m. Nov. 6 in the supervisor’s conference room in the municipal center, followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the board room.
• The Friends of the Orchard Park Public Library book sale will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the library, 4570 S. Buffalo St. This sale features rare, out of print and collectible books. Each volume has been individually researched and priced at a fraction of the average book dealer price.