Elizabethtown to make repairs to Scriver Road

Budget workshop set for Oct. 27

Scriver Road in New Russia.

Scriver Road in New Russia. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

—  The Elizabethtown board bonded $200,000 for repairs in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, which will now cover work to be done on Scriver Road.

Members of three hunting camps — Beaver Meadow, Twin Tops and MKR — were at the Oct. 18 meeting to ask the board if they were going to repair the road, which was washed out during the Tropical Storm event in late August.

Chris Ida, treasurer for the Twin Tops Hunting Camp, said that the repairs of the road fell to the town because the road was used for public traffic for more than 10 years.

“We believe that the town should fix this up to the four-way intersection,” Ida said. “The town has been maintaining the road for at least 35 years. The road has been a public use road for at least 10 years, and it is included by the town in its CHIPS funding inventory.”

The board also received a letter from Lyme Timber, who uses the road for access.

Following an executive session to discuss the matter based on the potential for pending litigation, Supervisor Noel Merrihew said that the town would indeed do the work on the road.

“The town does intend to move forward to improve Scriver Road,” Merrihew said. “We hope to start that in two weeks after we wrap our current project up, then that would be next.”

Merrihew said that he also wanted to work with Lyme Timber to allow for greater public access into the land, which is under a conservation easement.

The board also approved to bond for $200,000 for the reconstruction of roads, bridges, culverts and other improvements that needed to be made in the wake of the August storm.

“We did resolve at our last meeting to bond for $25,000, but we have not implemented that one yet nor do we plan on it,” Merrihew said. “Now that we have better estimates of the damage that the town had, we feel that this bond amount will be appropriate until the FEMA funding is in place.”

The town board also set a budget workshop for the Elizabethtown spending plan for 2012, which will take place Thursday, Oct. 27, at 6:15 p.m. at the town hall.

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