East Aurora Asking Business To Help Pay For Sinkhole Fix

Mayor says the village alone can't afford the $1.5 million cost

Richard Root
January 10, 2018 - 4:58 am

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East Aurora, NY (WBEN) - East Aurora Mayor Allan Kasprzak and other village officials met with business owners to discuss the options for fixing the cause of a massive sinkhole on Main Street last November.

That sinkhole put Mikey Dee's Cafe and Catering out of business for a month.

The problem lies with a culvert installed in 1987 by the village which allows Tannery Brook to pass behind Main Street through the village.

Village officials presented five possible solutions for fixing the culvert and all of those involve extra costs for business owners.

East Aurora Mayor Allan Kasprzak told WKBW "We can't take the full hit on this project, I mean it's not on our property."

The estimated cost to fix the culvert is $1.5 million.

At least some of those business owners think they shouldn't pay extra for something the village is responsible for.

"I just don't think it's fair, especially if they think that six or ten businesses are going to pay for it, " said one of those business owners, Katerina Scouras.

The cost being asked of those businesses is $350 a year for 30 years.

Mayor Kasprzak says they want to decide as soon as possible what the plan will be, saying as it is, the earliest they could start the project is late summer.  With the warm-up coming today and tomorrow and the potential for flooding, the pressure to make a decision is mounting.

Another meeting is planned for next Tuesday.

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