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LEWISTON – Easements and memorandums of understanding are under negotiation to allow drainage issues to be addressed for Riverwalk subdivision residents who have been plagued for years by flooding.

The Town Board discussed the matter Monday, and Town Attorney Michael J. Dowd said the town should be in position to sign contracts by next week.

“I want to shoot for the stars and begin construction in September,” said Supervisor Steven L. Reiter.

“Part of that memorandum of understanding is for the Wolfgang subdivision to allow drainage to go through their property and pass on to the county and state outfall to the river, which has enough capacity to remove water from behind their homes,” Reiter said.

Dowd said that water on properties to the north would be taken through Joseph Davis State Park, and Reiter said that if Joseph Deck develops future areas in Riverwalk, he will be required to work with the state to take some of that water.

Town Engineer Ryan Smith said an engineering plan is in place.

In another matter, Reiter said the town has received a grant for $84,000 from the state Department of Transportation to install 1,860 feet of sidewalks on Tallman, Maple, Niagara and Elm streets. In addition, part of the grant money will be used resurface the pathway in Sanborn Park.

The board also discussed sharing its dog-control officer with the Town of Porter.

Dowd said the Porter pays $1,000 a month to the Niagara SPCA, but only picks up four of five strays in an entire year.

“That works out to about $2,000 per stray,” Dowd said.

If a plan is approved, the town attorney said, Porter could contribute to part of the dog-control officer’s salary.

Dowd said the Town of Lewiston officer would only be used to pick up strays, not for licensing duties.

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