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Winter worries in Moriah

PORT HENRY The town of Moriah will make a special effort to keep snow banks low this winter.

The decision by Highway Superintendent Jamie Wilson and the town board is the result of a decision by the Moriah Central School Board of Education to consolidate bus stops.

Linda Boyea, a local parent, asked the town board during its Sept. 11 meeting for help. Her child must now walk several blocks to meet the school bus, she explained. In the winter that could be dangerous for a small child.

Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said the decision to consolidate bus stops is a school board matter that he supports.

The only way to save taxpayer dollars is to cut some services, Scozzafava said. Thats a tough pill for some to swallow.

Keeping sidewalks clear of snow is the responsibility of homeowners, the supervisor noted. Its up to each homeowner to remove snow from sidewalks.

There are 17 miles of sidewalks in the town of Moriah, Scozzafava pointed out. Its not practical for the town to clear and sand sidewalks, he said.

The town will be certain to keep snow banks low, however, to aid in driver and pedestrian visibility and safety this winter, he said.

Scozzafava urged Boyea to take her concerns to the school board.

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