Meals on wheels losing volunteers over potholes

Posted at 11:22 PM, Feb 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-28 04:17:29-05

Ridge Road is in rough shape in North Tonawanda.

"This situation is just getting worse and worse without any people really doing anything about it," said Michael Lorence a cyclist who uses the road.

The heavily pock-marked road is now causing a virtual free for all in the neighborhood.  The road is privately owned by Sportsplex and is frequented by pedestrians, bikers, even buses, that all have an agreement with Sportsplex to use the road.

"It's extremely dangerous," said Lorence, "you've got people driving and kicking up rocks, I mean, they could hit you and do damage to your bike."

The condition of the road is also proving to be a disaster for Twin-Cities Meals on Wheels, causing volunteers to leave.

"It's critical," said Karl Bauer, President of Twin Cities Meals on Wheels, "if you don't have volunteers you can't function."

So Bauer has been looking for help, but with the road being private, help is hard to find.

It's private property, we can't just go and do that anymore than we could go on any other private property to just go and do what needs to be done," said North Tonawanda Mayor Art Pappas.  The lawmaker says the city has a meeting planned with Sportsplex to see if an agreement can be reached.

We did reach out to Sportsplex for comment, so far we have no heard back regarding this issue.


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