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Nelson town board approves one new law, holds second for May

Planning board and zoning boards can now have alternate members, land use and zoning regulation changes still under consideration

— The longest discussion of the April 11 meeting concerned how best for the town to spend an extra $29,082 it recently received in state highway funding. The money, part of an increase is state Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) funding to local municipalities, was only recently added to the state budget. Under the change, Nelson’s highway assistance increased from $101,000 to $130,082.

Highway Superintendent Jack Sevier said the money can be spent on any capital improvement project — equipment purchase or upgrades, signs or road sealing — not just on highway construction. He suggested the funds be used to pave town roads.

“I think it is in our best interest in this town to do as much road as possible,” he said.

Sevier currently plans this year to finish paving the final three-quarters-of-a-mile of Lyon Road, which he estimates will cost about $88,000. He said it costs about $110,000 per mile of pavement, so the extra $28,000 in CHIPS funding will only pay for about one-quarter mile of road.

Sevier suggested the remaining funds be used to start work on Jones Road, which he and Councilor Mike Costello both said was in “dire need” of work.

Bradstreet said in addition to the road work the town also needs to buy a new loader. A current state contract bid loader the town is considering will cost $134,554, Sevier said.

“We can never put enough money into our roads, plus we need the loader,” said Costello.

Sevier said he would get more solid expenditure numbers on roads and equipment and have a recommendation for the board next month.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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