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Spafford town board looks at increasing road bond

— The Spafford Town Board meeting on Thursday, Dec. 8, covered several agenda items, including bonding for road projects, transfer station issues and hydrofracking.

After the reports from town officials ended, the board’s business began with a discussion about establishing guidelines for bonding under the zoning ordinance requirements.

Town Supervisor Webb Stevens said Spafford is in “pretty good shape” on its road requirements, but he said now would be a good time to increase the town’s $100,000 bond.

“[$100,000] won’t even fix a quarter of a mile of road,” Stevens said. “We need to see if we can get this up a little bit. A mile road is $150,000 to $200,000 just to resurface it.”

Stevens suggested the board “take a look at this and change the zoning law,” he said.

A motion was carried for Stevens and other board members to look into increasing the town’s bond.

The issue of disposing appliances from the town’s transfer station was brought up. There are approximately 28 units (refrigerators, air conditioners, and other items.) that need to be removed for the threat of Freon seeping into the ground.

Stevens reported that he made several phone calls before finding a company in Auburn willing to remove the appliances for a $12 removal fee per unit. The motion was carried to deliver the appliances to the Auburn firm for Freon removal and disposal of the units.

The contentious issue of hydrofracking also was addressed by the board.

Stevens sent copies of the current town zoning law and the 180-day moratorium on hydrofracking to the town attorney for review to “see if it needs some reinforcement,” he said. “Our zoning law is a pretty good law. It’s already started to address [hydrofracking]. It has got some pretty good writing in there about truck traffic and things like that.”

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