Niagara Gazette

December 10, 2013

Lewiston Town Board still working on Riverwalk resolution

By Timothy Chipp
Niagara Gazette

After planning for months, there's still no resolution to the drainage issues plaguing the Lewiston Riverwalk housing community near Lower River and Pletcher roads.

Lewiston Town Board officials met behind closed doors Monday to continue discussing how to alleviate the concerns of residents, stemming from the unwanted retention pond formed in one section of the development.

Though the current option they're investigating calls for the town to use a different style drain pipe to help eliminate the standing water, at least in some areas, the town's consulting attorney, Michael Dowd, still pursued one of the town's former plans of action already scrapped.

Dowd said a multi-year negotiation with a resident in the area affected finally concluded and the town is now able to take a 20-foot easement on the property to create a storm water sewer, just in case it ever felt the need to do so.

"Originally, we thought we'd alleviate the problem with the storm water sewer," Dowd said during the Lewiston Town Board's December work session Monday. "It was determined that may not be the best method of doing it. But we just wanted to get the easement just in case we ever find a reason to put it in in the future."

The town negotiated the easement for two years, Dowd said.

While the town continues to try to solve the problem, Highway Superintendent Doug Janese said he's got another problem he'd like to see attacked by the forces on the board.

Running parallel to Route 31 near Bridgeman Road are two "muck pumps," one of which is damaged, Janese said. He'd like to see the town purchase a new pump to replace the malfunctioning equipment.

The new one, he said, would likely be capable of handling the workload of the two currently there while saving the town a bit of money at the same time.

Janese said he'd pursue grants to help make the purchase, saving, he estimated, 25 to 30 percent of the cost if approved.

"That's prime farmland up there," he said. "If you don't drain that properly, it could damage the crops."

For more on this story, read a copy of Wednesday's Niagara Gazette.