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June 5, 2013

Residents complain of flooding due to stadium work

Tonawanda News — Residents whose homes back up to the site of the Tonawanda City School District’s new football stadium objected to the effects of the construction on their properties at Tuesday evening’s board meeting. 

Beverly Ranney, of Adam Street, said the grading of the stadium’s site is causing rainwater to flow into the backyards and basements on Adam Street.

“We know that Clint Small Stadium caused flooding of basements, and we will not let this happen again,” she said.

Dan Maxwell, Ranney’s neighbor, agreed and said he spent the day cleaning his basement rug after a minor flood from the recent storms. And more rain is on the way. 

“Where is that water going to go? That same rug I was working on all day,” he said. 

The concerns don’t stop there, though. Ranney is also worried that the water will damage the foundation of her underground swimming pool. A collecting pool of rain that has formed on school property behind Ranney’s home is also concerning, she said. 

“It’s the perfect storm for mosquitos, rabbits, mice,” she said. “That’s a health issue.” 

Ranney also pointed out the bus turnaround being constructed behind her home.

“That will cause a lot of fumes,” she said. “How I am supposed to enjoy my backyard? How will I sell my home?”

Ranney said she has called the Department of Environmental Conservation to investigate the issue. Although Ranney demanded a response from the board, President Jackie Smilinich said the district was not prepared to respond to the concerns yet, but she promised to do so. 

After the public session of the meeting, Brian Brady, of Wendel, the architectural manager of the capital project, presented the board with the drawings of the music and band room renovations. The district originally planned to complete additions for the two rooms, but the bids for that portion of the project came in more than $600,000 over budget. 

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