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Road repairs coming in Altona

Altona Board Member Joey Snide and Highway Superintendent Fred Therrian  pore over State Highway plans to figure out what Route 11 sidewalks might need maintenance at the Feb. 13 meeting.

Altona Board Member Joey Snide and Highway Superintendent Fred Therrian pore over State Highway plans to figure out what Route 11 sidewalks might need maintenance at the Feb. 13 meeting. Photo by John Grybos.

— The state will soon recondition Route 11, and introduced resolutions to the town board Feb. 13 to hasten progress on the project, expected to begin in May. The reconditioning of the corridor will cover about three miles in Altona town lines.

The project will be done with state equipment and crews, though the town was asked to pass resolutions to maintain the work after it was done. The resolution to maintain the roads passed easily.

“No different than we've been doing,” said Highway Superintendent Fred Therrian.

A sticking point for Town Supervisor Larry Ross was a resolution to maintain sidewalk installations. The town doesn't have the equipment for maintaining sidewalks, said Ross. They do have a snowblower, but the small section of sidewalks identified by town board member and highway department contact Joey Snide was far from the Altona town center and not kept clear in winter weather.

Because the resolutions were pressing, the sidewalk maintenance one was amended to exclude ice and snow remediation and passed by the board.

“We'll see if that makes them happy,” said Ross.

Noble power asked to widen access roads, which are limited by their permit to 12 feet wide for permanent width and 30 feet as a temporary measure. Some property owners are alright with a 30-foot permanent width, but Ross suggested the town board be prudent and put the request before the zoning board.

After the windmill fire Noble crews had trouble getting to the damaged tower, and requested that the town sand the icy access road. The town crew didn't do it for free, said Ross. They charged Noble for the truck time, sand used and overtime for the driver.

The town received $443,003.13 to date as of their meeting in pilot payments from Noble. Ross noted that royalty payments, if forthcoming, would arrive in April.

An animal cruelty report to the State Troopers resulted in a thin dog being taken by the Mooers dog catcher, as the local catcher wasn't available. The dog died that night. A subsequent veterinary autopsy cited a sudden cardiac event, likely brought on by taking the dog from his cold-weather, outdoor tie-up.

Judge Lambert made his annual report to the town board, noting that the town had 141 traffic and violation tickets outstanding. If unpaid for too long, these tickets incur an extra $70 fee.

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