GOWANDA - Resid-ents who live on High Street are finally going to have a smoother road. The Gowanda Village Board announced plans to complete repairs to the street.
Resident Fran Feldman approached the village board about fixing the street. She asked if the grants which are being used for Gateway Park could be used to fix High Street. Mike Hutchinson, former highway superintendent and member of Gowanda Area Redevelopment Corp-oration, said the parks grant cannot cover street repairs. He said repairing High Street does not meet the criteria of the grants.
"It doesn't meet the scope of the grant we're applying for. They won't allow that work on a private road, it has to be a public park," he said.
Hutchinson said the village could use state CHIPS money for the repairs. He also said he has been up to the area to tour the street and said the sub-base is very good, but portions of the top came off last year. Hutchinson suggested the road be sealed to prevent moisture from getting under the road.
"If you had a leaky roof you wouldn't fix the foundation, you'd fix the roof. In the case of that road, you have a good foundation. That's got a lot of large number two limestone worked into that sub-base. It's got that one limestone then we topped it with limestone. ... Over this past winter when the freeze and thaw, that road has tightened up," Hutchinson said.
Mayor Heather McKeever said she has been in contact with GARC, Gernatt Gravel Products Inc. and the engineer. Dan Gernatt bought the materials to improve the road but did not do the work. The road was used to transport material from Gernatt Gravel to the former Peter Cooper site on Palmer Street. Gernatt provided the limestone for the repairs for the base and bought the materials for the top but they did not put the materials down.
"I think when you get that top repaired, you're going to have a very good road," Hutchinson said.
McKeever said the village will address the road now, then again in the spring. She said the village had to keep in mind winter is coming. She also said the limestone had to set in place over a few years.
"Because we're getting so close to winter, we just didn't want to put something on top of it, it's too late. In the spring, right after the snowfall, we are going to look at it. If we are very careful of how it's plowed ... (Highway Superintendent) Gary (Denea) said he feels confident that after they got the soft spots done and they watch out for that - even if they use the smaller plow that is used for the parking lots - (the road will be OK)," McKeever said.
The board also approved getting the sewer truck repaired at Valley Fab for $10,995 which will be paid for between the sewer and highway departments. The village also approved $1,031 to be spent on 15 trees to be planted in November with an additional cost for mulch. Two other trees will be replaced but those are under warranty.
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