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Spafford looks at snow plowing costs, hires new attorney

— Snow has yet to fly in Spafford this autumn, but the white stuff was much on the mind of that town’s board meeting last Thursday, Oct. 13.

A proposal to accept Onondaga County’s offer to plow Spafford’s county roads at a rate of $6,335 was discussed. That rate may increase if Spafford’s seasonal snow total exceeds 150 inches.

Spafford Town Supervisor Webb Stevens said it costs $7,200 a mile for the town to plow its own roads.

“Basically we’re losing money at doing it, but we do travel those roads,” Stevens said. “So we might as well offset it with [$6,335]. All the townships are being offered the same proposal. I want to see what the other towns are going to do because there may be some more negotiation and their might be a little more wiggle room.”

No motion was made on the issue, so it likely will be raised again when the board meets in November.

“[The county] has to get this done. Winter is coming,” Stevens said. “I imagine we’re going to get finalization here shortly.”

Other business included a proposal for Spafford to join other local towns in a coalition to protect the Skaneateles and Otisco Lakes watersheds.

The board also discussed hiring a new town attorney since the current attorney recused himself over the hydrofracking debate as he also represents gas companies.

Stevens provided information on two law firms he contacted. A motion to hire Syracuse’s Germaine and Germaine Law Firm was carried.

The board recently passed a motion for a 180-day moratorium on hyrdofracking for natural gas.

Lastly, the board passed a motion putting out for bid work to install a new culvert on Spafford Landing Road.

“I want to have the bids back for our November meeting [Nov. 10], if it’s possible, and see if we can get this done,” Stevens said.

Kris Russell is an Eagle Newspapers contributor. He can be reached through the editor at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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