PENDLETON — The town’s recreation trail will be extended from Meyer Road to Townline Road, using a $690,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation.

The town board elected to stick with its original plan for extending the trail, which runs from Meyer to Lockport Road, rather than pursue one of three alternative routes proposed by C&S Engineers.

“After looking at those alternatives, it looks like the best option is to stick with the original scope of the plan and to extend the trail to Townline Road,” supervisor Joel Maerten said.

C&S Engineers proposed a Feigle Road option, which included a walkway over the canal bridge at Fisk Road, where the town trail could be connected with the state’s Erie Canal Trail. At about $1.4 million, this option was well over budget for the project, however.

Also proposed were a route that would have extended the town trail along Lockport Road, estimated at $977,000; and one extending the trail along Meyer Road from Beach Ridge Road to the canal trail. The Meyer Road option was estimated at $508,000 and would affect property owners along the route.

Councilman David Fischer said he disagrees that the original scope is the best option, arguing that connecting the town trail with the canal trail, which runs through Lockport, would encourage more residents to use it.

“It might take a couple of years to come up with the money to get the bridge across, but I think it would be worth it,” he said. “I think it needs to tie into the (canal) trail to be useful.”

In other business, the board learned from town engineer David Britton that FEMA adoption of the town’s revised flood plain map is about 10 months away.

The revision involves removing several properties along Tonawanda Creek Road from the flood plain map. Being located in a designated floodplain area often forces homeowners to purchase flood insurance.

FEMA is set to review public comments on the revision now, according to Britton.

“Very few comments are expected,” he said.

Following the comment review, FEMA will hold a six-month public hearing on adoption of the revised map, then the proposal will sit for 90 days before it’s adopted.

Britton originally submitted an updated flood plain map to FEMA in January of 2013, but, he says, the agency didn’t have the funding to adopt the changes until recently.  

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