Trash on stretch of Dick Road an ongoing problem
Just outside the station’s main entrance, visitors and motorists alike find themselves flanked by trash and debris that has collected in the grassy areas to the sides of the road.
Part of the problem is the sloping mini valley which Dick Road cuts through between
Walden Avenue and Broadway. The road dips under the train tracks, and the resulting V-shaped topography means all manner of refuse and debris collect in the foliage on either side of the road, one of which is in Cheektowaga, while the other is in Depew.
The problem is worst in the spring and fall, when the dormant grasses, shrubs and small trees along the side of the road fail to conceal the trash, according to resident Jim Feeney.
“As a resident of the town, I hate to see something look like that,” he said. “You have people coming in from all over the country on a train, and they come down that driveway, and it’s like you’re looking at a garbage dump.”
Cheektowaga Highway Superintendent Mark Wegner said the town had reached out to the county about three weeks ago regarding a potential cleanup. The county said it did not have the resources at the time but told Wegner it would try to use inmates to do the work.
“I was going to send our crews there this week because we’ve been waiting, and they called us back and said they were going to be there on [April 21],” he said.
Wegner said if county crews did not clean the road tomorrow, his workers would do the job instead.
Feeney, who lives on Northcrest Avenue and drives the stretch of Dick Road several times a week, hopes a solution can be found to keep the side of the road tidier year-round. He thought a catchall chain-link or stockade fence at the top of the embankment might work. However, that plan or a similar one would require cooperation from businesses at the top of the hill.
Councilman Jerry Kaminski agreed about the garbage on the side of the road but said the problem isn’t exclusive to that stretch of road and it isn’t just a recent problem.
“It’s always been an issue there,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s a matter of just people throwing stuff out or wind blowing or what it is. It used to be a lot worse years ago when the garbage dump was on Broadway.”