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Spafford Landing to get oiled, stoned

— After having experienced such a mild winter, the Spafford Highway Department has a little extra cash on hand for projects.

During its regular meeting May 10, the Spafford Town Board approved Highway Superintendent Carl Wiers’ request to use funds for the purpose of oiling and stoning Spafford Landing.

The estimated cost of the project is $40,763.14, all of which will be covered with money the town received from the Consolidated Highway Improvement Project System, or CHIPS. The cost includes the stone, oil and other materials like a chipper used to lay the stone on the roadway.

Wiers said Spafford’s CHIPS money totals $40,764.

According to Wiers, water sits in low spots in the road, which are then repeatedly driven through and eventually causes potholes to form. However, the town is unable to put a “crown” on Spafford Landing to seal it due to its narrowness.

While town Supervisor Webb Stevens suggested completing the project in the fall, Wiers said it’s been recommended to him to complete it during the summer months.

The board approved the project 4-1, with a single no vote coming from Councilor Lou Hanlon.

“I think we’ve put too much money in that road this year,” he said prior to the vote.

Hanlon said the town has spent $300,000 on Spafford Landing in the last year and he felt the money should be set aside for other projects that may be coming down the pike.

Four decades ago, Spafford Landing was merely a seasonal road, but has seen more traffic as more people continue to build houses at the south end of Skaneateles Lake.

“When they started building those houses down there, they knew it was a seasonal road,” Hanlon said.

Regardless of the road use, Stevens said the homeowners are residents of the town and they should be taken care of.

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