Tonawanda News

The Town

September 13, 2012

Residents vent neighborhood problems


Tonawanda News — A new town resident, Paul Chimera, also attended the meeting to voice his worries. Chimera just moved into his new house on Oakridge Avenue a few weeks ago, but he said he wishes he did a bit more homework before buying the home.

"We live about a one-fourth of a mile from the train tracks near Sheridan and Ensminger," he said. "So my wife and I woke up at 4 a.m. and heard a blaring train horn, and we just looked at each other."

Chimera brought some documents he found online on how to create a quiet zone at certain hours of the night to reduce train noise. He submitted the documents to the board. 

The instructions include creating a gates, median barriers, or temporarily closing the closest cross streets during night hours so that the horns don't need to be used to alert drivers or pedestrians. 

"Maybe it's a possibility," Chimera said. 

Caruana sympathized with Chimera and said he grew up on Ferndale Avenue, a block away from Chimera's new home.

"I remember that, too," Caruana said. 

He asked Town Attorney John J. Flynn if he thought any quiet zone creation was possible to help with the problem, but Flynn thought that the job would probably need approval from the Department of Transportation and the cost of closing off the streets would likely be high.

"It's my educated guess that closing off the streets at night would be a Herculean task," Flynn said. "But I will look into it." 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.

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