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November 26, 2013

Lewiston subdivision talk: New plan sought for Riverwalk

LEWISTON — A pair of subdivisions garnered attention from the Lewiston Town Board Monday. The attention, though, wasn't exactly what residents of one of them wanted.

Residents of the Lewiston Riverwalk homes along Lower River and Pletcher roads in the town's north end were again told a plan to alleviate a long-mishandled standing water issue has changed.

Highway Superintendent Doug Janese said he's still not impressed with the direction the town is going with the project and proposed bringing in another set or two of eyes to have a look and create a solution the town can actually perform.

"I would like to get one or two site contractors to come in and take a look to see what needs to be done," Janese told the five-member board during its latest meeting.

"All I want to do is do it once and do it right."

This request comes on the heels of just the latest plan created by town engineers with regards to the water not draining from an area of the subdivision affecting the lives of multiple residents in the area. In 2013 alone, the town board has heard three entirely different plans proposed with Janese telling it the third and latest one has flaws as well.

The first failed plan this year involved running drainage pipe from the land in question to a county pipe running along Lower River Road. The second failure called for a rain garden to be installed, which would only partially cure the ills of the residents.

The latest plan, proposed by town engineer Ryan Smith, calls for pipe to once again be used to eliminate the water. Janese, also the drainage department chief, said he has problems with the type of pipe required to make it work.

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