Niagara Gazette

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August 29, 2013

Capital projects progressing in Falls school district

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Niagara Gazette — When workers dug, though, Laurrie said a portion of a sewer pipe buried about 17 feet underground was actually missing a section.

"We were wondering why the sidewalk kept collapsing on us," Laurrie said. "So we took care of it."

Another change to the original plan came when trying to receive approval for a press box built into the bleachers at the high school's new football, soccer and lacrosse field.

Laurrie said while the district received approval from the state's education department, an additional OK from the New York Power Authority, which has buried power lines in the vicinity of the bleachers, told the district no.

It turns out, Laurrie said, NYPA requires a 10-foot buffer zone around the wires, presumably in case the area needs to be dug up.

"Everything was fine except the press box," Laurrie said. "It would've fallen in that 10-foot zone. But our contractor did a heck of a job. It could've been a heck of a lot worse than what it turned out to be."

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