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Harrison Residents Seek More Info on Dam Proposal

HARRISON, N.Y. – Though many Harrison residents have said they like the idea of building three dams on town-owned property near Louis M. Klein Middle School (LMK) to remediate flooding, they still want more information.

On Monday, Feb. 27, the Harrison Town Board received a presentation from Town Engineer Michael Amodeo in which he suggested the construction . Though nothing is set in stone as of yet, Amodeo said the dams would relieve some of the water flow that the town’s water pipes cannot hold.

“It sounds like a good idea,” Harrison resident Joe Vercesi said. “But there is a bunch of other stuff that the money could be spent on. I think this idea should be looked at more before the town decides to go forward with it.”

The duck pond at the intersection of Nelson and Union avenues is one area of town that tends to overflow during severe storms. This causes traffic to be rerouted due to road closures. Resident Bhavesh Shelat said when this happens he has no choice but to go out of his way to drive his daughter to school at LMK Middle School. But even though the dams could help Shelat and others in a similar situation, he said he’d rather make sure the area is thoroughly studied before the town spends any money.

Resident Tony Iovino said the problem could be solved if the town would clean out its catch basins more thoroughly.

“The water has to go someplace,” Iovino said. “But the state should be the one paying for it, not the town.”

Resident Kasia Stevens agrees that the town should be looking elsewhere for the money. Stevens said she would have to see the town budget before she was to make a decision whether or not she would like to see the dams built.

Resident Emily Koller’s main concern was the amount of money the town would have to spend on the project if it ever comes to fruition. Amodeo previously said the project would cost approximately $1.5 million and take 11 months to finish. Koller said flooding oftentimes leads to early dismissals at schools, which effects education.

“If they are going to be effective, the dams should be built,” Koller said.

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