Prospects look better for rerouting quarry-related traffic away from Como Park Boulevard, according to Cheektowaga officials, who Monday described developments in their ongoing negotiations with Buffalo Crushed Stone.
Town officials held an informational meeting after the Town Board’s regular session.
When it ended, residents applauded their news.
Based on what Town Planner Daniel J. Ulatowski said, it appears an end may be in sight to the contentious relationship between the quarry, which has been operating since 1929, and the town, whose attempts to contain mining operations through zoning laws were shot down by state courts.
“We fought for over 12 years and, unfortunately, we lost,” Ulatowski said.
The company’s desire to have the town abandon Indian Road, which runs northeast off Como Park Boulevard, through property it’s allowed to mine, has opened the door to a resolution.
In exchange for abandoning that road, just north of Second Street, quarry officials are offering to move the quarry’s main entrance to the northeastern end of the road, near Broadway.
Truck traffic now using Como Park Boulevard, which belongs to Erie County, would be rerouted primarily to Broadway, a state road.
Further, the company would build a new Indian Road to run diagonally through the eastern edge of its property, leaving 31.6 acres as a conservation area.
And it wouldn’t mine another 10.8 acres along its southern border.
The existing Indian Road wouldn’t be abandoned until the new road is built. That could happen by the end of next summer, according to Town Supervisor Mary F. Holtz.
Frank Sikorski, an officer with the Depew/Cheektowaga Taxpayers Association, has long been an opponent of quarry traffic on Como Park Boulevard.
“Those trucks are a pain on Como Park,” he said.
The longtime Bennett Road resident said he’s been embroiled in the controversy from the beginning.
“I think it’s time to put this to rest,” he said.
“I heard some good news tonight, compared to what we have been hearing,” said Jane Wiercioch, another vocal member of the taxpayers association,
“I like the plan the way it is,” Wiercioch said, citing the new Indian Road and relocated quarry entrance.
But she remains concerned about Buffalo Crushed Stone’s proposal to move its asphalt plant to a location farther east.