Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

March 6, 2013

Town to see new water rules

BY JOE OLENICK
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — TOWN OF LOCKPORT — There will be some new stormwater rules for developers to follow in the Town of Lockport.

Town Engineer Robert D. Klavoon informed the Town Board last Wednesday on state stormwater regulations that town officials will be required to enforce. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has given Lockport an “MS4” designation, which stands for Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems.

Klavoon said the growth in the town’s population density as measured by the 2010 census, specifically along Tonawanda Creek Road, is the reason for the designation. Because of it, any site plan that comes before the Town Planning Board that involves more than an acre of ground, must now comply with the state rules for control of stormwater runoff from developed sites.

The new regulations call for an annual report, due by June 1. Cambria and Pendleton are among the 45 municipalities in western New York that carry MS4 designations.

“It’s not really a plus or a minus,” Town Supervisor Marc R. Smith said. “It’s a major departure from the way we’ve done things.”

One advantage is the town will be able to find data on dumping and illegal sewer discharges, Klavoon said.

In other town news, board members last week approved spending $15,000 on labor and $2,342 on materials to repair three waterline breaks in the past month: on Kimberly Drive, on Keck Road and at South Transit and Robinson roads.

• Board members will also look at inspecting the town’s playgrounds. A proposal is expected from Titan Development and with a cost ranging from $600 to $1,200. After the initial inspection, future inspections may be done by town workers.

• Smith informed the Town Board last week that the state Department of Transportation said its funding of the Lincoln Avenue reconstruction project will not include the cost of moving a town water main under the south shoulder of the road.

Smith said that probably means the pipe won’t be moved when the street is repaired, perhaps as soon as next year. The move could have cost as much as $500,000.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241.