Weekly Feature

2018-02-08 / Front Page

Bussendorfer Road drainage project to help flooding in area


For the past few decades, residents living around the Bussendorfer Road area have put up with constant drainage issues and flooding in their backyards and basements. After much discussion and time, the problem is finally being addressed.

Councilman Eugene Majchrzak, who has adopted the Bussendorfer drainage concerns as his “passion” project, began hearing about the issues during his first term on the Town Board.

“I would say within my third year,” said Majchrzak, who became a councilman in 2010. “I heard more about it when we would do our capital improvement projects. It was always on there, but it always seemed to not be on the list of things to do that year because it was such a lengthy process getting all the approvals from the various agencies.”

To get the project underway, the town had to work with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other entities.

According to Majchrzak, the long delay on the work contributed to the potential cost of the project and gaining the approvals from the agencies.

“Infrastructure is a passion of mine because I know how costly it can be the more you delay something,” he said. “My thought was here we are in [the 2000s], and we have backyards flooding. How can that be?”

Since joining the board, Majchrzak said residents would come up to him around town and at meetings to discuss how bad the drainage and flooding issues had become on Bussendorfer Road and the surrounding area, which includes Pinewood and Willowbrook drives, Red Fox Lane and Forsythia Court.

Majchrzak added that he was met with immediate support for the project by the Town Board, Town Engineer Wayne Bieler and Highway Superintendent Fred Piasecki.

The project will be divided into two phases. The first phase deals with engineering and focuses on creating the Bussendorfer regional retention basin, which is located on the Brush Mountain property’s northwest corner.

In this stage, the project must be designed around existing streets and homes, while making sure there are no impacts to the wetlands in that area. The process will also need wetland remediation to assure that they can be reconfigured to maintain their role in water and flood control, Majchrzak said.

Once this stage is complete, work on the drainage issues can commence.

Majchrzak said the remediation area covers 575 acres and includes six improvement areas. Workers will use 1,300 feet of pipe ranging from 12 to 40 inches in diameter and remove 120,000 cubic yards of fill to construct the necessary basin to aid the issues.

In regard to the flooding, Majchrzak said it depends on the intensity of the rain as to when residents may incur a problem.

“If there was a normal afternoon rain, you’d probably have some puddling, but not any serious issues,” he said. “I didn’t talk to anybody over this last snow melt, but when you have snow melt and rain, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if there were a number of backyards that were ponding and having issues.”

Plans for the project were slated to be available in the engineering office on Friday, Feb. 9, with a bid opening and bid award date coming near the end of February. If all goes well, the work should be expected to start shortly after that.

Once the work is done, Majchrzak said he’ll be happy that residents in that area can have the quality of life of all others in Orchard Park.

“Who knows if people had plans to do something with their backyards or basements that they put on the shelf because of water issues,” he said. “Somebody might have wanted to put a pool or deck in. Those opportunities will present themselves to the residents that want to make some additions to their home.”

email: cgraham@beenews.com

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