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List of repaving projects is approved in Wheatfield

WHEATFIELD – The Town Board on Monday approved a list of roads to be repaved this year.

The board approved the spending of $430,000 for road repairs, including the repaving of all or part of Schultz, Klemer, Demler, Raymond and Homeyer roads, and Deidre and Samantha courts. The agreement with Highway Superintendent Paul A. Siegmann also allocated $62,340 for smaller repairs to roads and culverts.

Siegmann urged residents to be patient about pothole repair. He said people who demand immediate action will find the holes filled at this time of year with cold patch, which doesn’t last long. “If you could have a little patience, we can get over and use hot patch. It’s a better fix,” Siegmann said.

“Almost every road has a problem. It’s been a bad year, a terrible year,” Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe said.

Also on Monday, the town received its first check for a share of Seneca Niagara Casino revenue and immediately allocated some of it for a plan to make building improvements at two town-owned buildings.

Niagara County Legislator Kathryn L. Lance, R-Wheatfield, presented a check for $57,057. The Legislature, which last year resumed receiving a share of casino profits through the state, decided to allocate 75 percent of its revenue for the cities, towns and villages, with Niagara Falls, which already receives its own share, omitted. The allocation was determined by population.

The board then approved a proposal from Wendel, the town’s engineering firm, to design canopies over the entrances at the Community Center and the Youth Center, two at each building. Last winter, there were problems with ice dams on the roofs, resulting in water infiltrating the roofs and the overflow freezing on the sidewalks.

“There’s some spaces that could probably be vented and release some of the heat that melts the snow on the highest part of the building,” Town Engineer Timothy J. Zuber said.

Wendel is to be paid up to $19,000 to design the canopies and prepare the bid specifications for the project. “We’re guesstimating the cost for all of them at $65,000 to $70,000,” Zuber said.