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Lancaster to buy old sand and gravel pit to dump millings and topsoil

The Town of Lancaster is on the verge of owning a 28-acre site for storing its millings and topsoil.

The Town Board recently approved buying an old pit once used for sand and gravel from LaFarge North America on Genesee Street for $95,000. The purchase is subject to a permissive referendum.

Highway Superintendent Daniel Amatura said the additional space should accommodate the town’s storage needs for several years.

The town currently has been using about 3.5 acres of its land on Walden Avenue behind Erie County Sewer Authority to dump materials, he said.

But town officials said Erie County may be interested in purchasing that site to tie in with the Sewer Authority operations.

It also is in the same area as the town’s run-down dog kennels, which the town is considering closing as it weighs sharing dog-control operations with another municipality.

“We’d be dumping clean fill,” said Supervisor Dino J. Fudoli, referring to the millings and topsoil that would be deposited at the LaFarge site. He added that town highway crews currently are running out of dumping space.

“This is good for at least 50 years,” Amatura added.

Fudoli suggested the town could consider charging developers who want to dump their clean fill at the new location.

Town officials, who hope to be able to begin using the new site in the spring, also said Erie County remains interested in buying the town’s dog kennel property – which, in part, sparked interest in the new dumping spot.

Fudoli added that it will cost about $8,000 to remove two asbestos pipes from the dog kennel site.