Weekly Feature

2018-09-12 / Front Page

Paving, milling to start on residential streets

by HOLLY N. LIPKA Reporter

Nine residential streets in the Village of Williamsville are scheduled for milling and paving this month.

The streets include California Drive, Grove Street, Milton Street, North Cayuga Road, West Spring Street, Village Square Lane, Willowbrook Drive, Arend Avenue from Belmont Place to Edward Street, and Los Robles Street from Milton Street to California Drive.

Amherst Paving was awarded the work for its low bid of $270,000.

The village is also seeking funding through New York state for a proposed reconstruction of Cadman Drive that would include green infrastructure to improve drainage.

Green infrastructure uses vegetation, soils and other elements to restore some of the natural processes required to manage water, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The project would include permeable pavement, a specific type of pavement with a high porosity that allows rainwater to pass through it into the ground below, to help reduce stormwater entering Ellicott Creek.

Winners of the funding will be announced within the next year and a half. Keaton DePriest, the village’s director of community development, said the village will likely pave the street in the spring and do what it can with its minimal resources to improve drainage if not awarded the aid.

In other news, a public hearing is slated for those interested in addressing a proposed “No Standing” zone on Danbern Lane.

“No Standing” zones allow drivers to pick up or drop off passengers but do not allow drivers to load or unload items from the vehicle or park on the side of the road, according to the New York Safety Council.

Residents of Danbern Lane brought their concerns to the Traffic and Safety Board after new tenants began parking on the side of the 14-foot-wide road.

“The biggest problem is that Danbern Lane was never really a public street. It was primarily a private driveway to an estate, and it has since been [handed over to the village], subdivided and parceled off,” said Trustee Matt Etu. “It’s narrow, and residents are concerned about getting emergency vehicles down there.”

Interested residents may voice their concerns at the public hearing, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Village Hall, 5565 Main St.

To keep updated on upcoming events and ongoing projects, residents can soon read the official newsletter of the village titled “The Villager” when it is released later this month. The newsletter will also feature an interview with the “Volunteer of the Season.”

Residents interested in receiving a digital version of the newsletter via email may subscribe online at walkablewilliamsville.com. Hard copies of the newsletter will also be available at Village Hall, 5565 Main St.

For more information, visit walkablewilliamsville.com.

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