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ROTTERDAM: Officials address water woes

Stella Cortese has lived at the end of Christine Lane in Masullo Estates for 37 years. She said she basically lives on a waterfront property because her land is always flooded. She has experienced six floods, her basement stinks all the time and everything has to be placed on shelves. When it's hot her dehumidifier is on, when it rains her sump pump is on.

Town officials held an informal meeting with residents of the water-plagued Masullo Estates Tuesday, May 15, to discuss ways to solve the area's drainage problems.

About 50 residents showed up for the meeting, along with four members of the Rotterdam Town Board including Supervisor Steven Tommasone, Robert Godlewski, Diane Marco and John Mertz.

The town set aside $250,000 a couple of years ago to repair the streets in Masullo Estates and install a new drainage system. In 2005, LaMont Engineers studied the area and proposed putting a new drainage system along Masullo Parkway from Guilderland Avenue to Christine Lane and up Lucille Lane.

Mertz said the scope of that project was too small to bring relief to the majority of the development's 85 homes, most of which were built in the early 1960s. The plan was scrapped, and the town started looking at other options.

We can't go another summer without putting a shovel in the ground. This is about the quality of life of the Masullo residents, he said.

Brett Steenburgh, the town-hired engineer for the project, had studied the area for about two weeks before coming up with three options he felt were the most practical and economical. At Tuesday's meeting, he discussed those options, which include fixing the roads, improving drainage and possibly adding a sewer system.

Steenburgh said the roads in Masullo Estates show signs of severe subbase failure, probably due to the high water table and poor road standards when they were built. He recommended reconstructing all the roads except West Lucille Lane.

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