Tonawanda News

January 15, 2014

TOWN OF TONAWANDA: Residents blame hospital for flooding

By Jessica Bagley
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — More than a dozen Hampton Parkway residents attended Monday’s town board meeting to discuss flooding problems that they claim are caused by Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

Residents said the issues began when the hospital expanded and built the parking lot, which backs up to the town road. The lot doesn’t have a retention pond, residents said, and the water runoff then goes to their properties. 

“We’ve become the retention pond for the parking lot,” Dennis Riddagh, who lives directly behind the lot, said. “It’s backing up into all our basements, and we are wondering if there’s anything you can do for us.”

Acting Director of Water Resources Kirk Rowland said he would look into the issue. He said that the town has maintained the sanitary sewer in the area, but would inspect the storm sewer as a possible source.

“We do have a drainage problem in that area,” he said. “I don’t think Kenmore Mercy’s drainage is the problem, but I’ll find out.”

Town Assessor Dave Marrano also reminded residents who have not reregistered for BASIC Star to do so. The state has extended the deadline until March 1.

“There are 1,500 town residents who haven’t done it yet,” he said. “If you don’t by March 1, you will be removed from the exemption, which amounts to about $600 in the Ken-Ton school district.”

Ninety-four percent of town residents have completed the registration process, compared to 84 percent statewide. Those who still need to reregister can do so online, by phone, or can stop in to the assessor’s office in the municipal building for assistance.

“We are going to keep working at this as hard as we can,” Marrano said. 

Also at Monday’s meeting:

• The town board completed change orders and wrapped up two projects that were completed in 2013. Town Board Member Joseph Emminger said the electric work at the water treatment facility was finished. 

“That project was well worth it,” he said.

• A resident complained of snow plow drivers driving too quickly down side streets. Superintendent of Highways William Swanson said he would talk to all the drivers, and advised the resident to call in the next time he saw the plows traveling too quickly. 

• Town of Tonawanda Clerk Marguerite Greco reminded the audience that town and county tax bills were mailed out Tuesday. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaLBagley.