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June 19, 2013

Town's water tank to be torn down

Tonawanda News — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — The town board accepted a bid Monday night in the amount of $62,204 for the demolition of the Green Acres Storage Tank. 

”It is somewhat of a landmark,” board member Joseph Emminger said. “It has been there for 55 or 60 years.”

The water tank, which is visible from I-290, hasn’t been used since 1996 due to its deteriorating condition. Officials announced in September that the structure would be taken down after determining that repairing the tank would cost $1.8 million.

The town received seven bids for the tear down, and although officials were hoping the project would cost $100,000, Apollo Dismantling Service’s low bid came in at much less. 

”This is quick project,” Director of Water Resources Ken Maving said. “It’ll start up in about two weeks, and in a matter of a week or so, everything will be gone, including the base.” 

The board also approved a $68,368 deal with an architectural firm to complete a six-month study on a waterfront corridor improvement project on River Road. The cost for the consultant’s work will be covered by a grant from the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund.

The town and the consultant will consider three alternatives and their related costs to identify the best way of improving the waterfront. 

Town officials presented a proposal for the project in front of the Greenway commission in February, and received approval for the study a few months later. 

Jim Jones, town engineer, said at the February presentation that the project would improve environmental conditions, change negative perceptions about the waterfront and create a better climate for future investment. 

A confrontational zoning debate was also resolved Monday night at the board’s regular meeting when the body rescinded a local businessman’s special use permit. 

Thomas Shea, the owner of an automotive repair shop located at 1346 Niagara Falls Boulevard, applied for the permit in January to expand his business into used car sales. 

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