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TV Coverage of S Bflo St Highlights Village Frustration

In Dept of Public Works, Public Safety, S Bflo St Culvert on July 8, 2009 at 8:40 am

TV coverage from Channel 4 highlights our frustration with Erie County in taking the lead to fix South Buffalo St which is an Erie County Road.  The collapse of the culvert and the closing of the road poses safety concerns to the Village, inconvenience to Village and Town residents, and major threats to our Village infrastructure.  It has taken six months for the county to sit down at a meeting and discuss procedures that will eventuall lead to repair.  Meanwhile, the summer rains keep eroding the road and culvert.  Our fears are that eventual erosion will weaken the sewer line on the east side of culvert.


Springville Sinkhole Problem Gets Worse

No one investigates like News 4

Updated: Tuesday, 07 Jul 2009, 8:57 AM EDT
Published : Monday, 06 Jul 2009, 10:54 PM EDT

SPRINGVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – A huge sinkhole in Springville has gotten even worse, and neighbors want to know why.

It’s been a month since News 4 last visited South Buffalo Street.

Springville Mayor Bill Krebs said, “It’s still moving. It’s moving this way. And the hole is increasing in length north and south.”

Mayor Krebs is frustrated with the slow progress of getting it fixed, “Six months to get half way across this road for this erosion; we can’t wait. We can’t wait another winter. Something has to be done.”

Krebs tells News 4 the village is looking for Erie County to step up and make something happen, since it’s a county-owned road.

Mayor Krebs said, “We were hoping that the county would take an immediate lead in this, and see the problem for what it is.”

Erie County Department of Public Works Commissioner Gerry Sentz said, “We’re all working very closely together. No one entity is taking the lead.”

Sentz says he recently met with village and town officials and state and federal agencies to see what needs to be done, “What we think is happened is there some hollowing out from underneath the culvert. We don’t know why. And that the end of the culvert is dropping. So basically what you’re seeing is, it’s dropping off and it’s opening up, and all the dirt is falling in. And the more dirt that falls in the bigger the hole gets.”

The next step, according to Sentz, is getting in and inspecting the culvert to see why water is getting underneath. That will require a temporary dam to halt the flow of water just above the spillway of the stream.

Commissioner Sentz said, “We need to do more investigative work.”

But village officials like Mayor Krebs, and some nearby residents are tired of waiting.

Springville resident Donna Czora said, “They’re saying at least maybe two years.”

The problem goes beyond the road itself. The creek bank near a youth park is showing signs of earth movement. Despite signs and some fencing around the impact zone, lots of kids are walking and riding bikes in the area.

Springville resident Shirley McCarthy said, “I can’t believe that they can leave it like that, and then open it up so that the kids can go to community pool.”

Aside from the traffic disruption and obvious safety concerns, the road collapse poses a very real environmental threat.

Village officials are worried that a sewer line several feet away could break just as the water line did.

Krebs said, “If that cracks, we will be dumping raw sewage into Spring Brook which runs down to Cattaraugus Creek.”

Any way you look at, it’s going to be a big job, and a big expense.

Sentz said, “Right now we don’t have any idea what we’re looking at.”

Krebs said, “We can’t wait five years, like Tonawanda Creek Road up north, to be fixed. This can’t wait that long.”



Walmart defeats Village; Wins Baseball Trophy

In Special Events on July 5, 2009 at 10:20 am

Big bats from Walmart found the left field fence time and again to defeat the Village team by a score of 33-14.  The victory brought the  Springville Trophy to Walmart for the first time, and avenged the one run loss at last year’s July 4th Community Baseball game.

Although on the cool side, the Community Picnic was a lot of  fun.  Baseball, hot dogs, music and fireworks brought residents of Springville and Concord together for this annual event.

Gene Hilts & The Rustic Ramblers played the  Country Western music.  SYI opened its refreshment stand.  And Tom Salzler provided the fireworks.  SFD provide the traffic control. It was a great way for our community to celebrate the 4th.

More News on S Bflo St – Finally

In Dept of Public Works, Public Safety, S Bflo St Culvert on July 3, 2009 at 12:47 pm

On June 30, Erie County Public Works Commissioner and other Erie County, Town of Concord, Army Corp of Engineers and NYSDEC officials met with Village DPW Superintendent Karl Lux to discuss and inspect the damaged culvert on South Buffalo St.  This is the first meeting of all these stakeholders since the culvert collapsed in January, and although it took six months to happen I am confident that the meeting will move the repair of this Village street forward.  The representatives agreed that all would have to cooperate to fix this problem.  Initial inspection indicates that the fall in the creek bed caused the collapse of the earth on the west side of the culvert.  The team did not determine a time schedule  for inspections, planning and repair, but I have communicated the need for timely action to fix this problem.  Springville residents deserve a prompt repair to this damage that threatens  public safety and village infrastructure, and impedes vehicular traffic.

In a related manner, Erie County highway department is working on signage for a legal detour that would direct traffic to Elk Street.  Also, traffic engineers are consulting Springville DPW on how to mitigate the safety concerns of the traffic using our municipal parking lot.  These plans should be finalized and in place in the near future.

Springville cannot wait the five years it took for Erie County to fix Tonawanda Creek Road.  Six months is way too long by our standards, but some progress is being made.