Speed To Be Reduced Following Traffic Study

POLAND — The October meeting of town of Poland Board saw discussion of both ongoing projects and upcoming matters. During the first privilege of the floor, John Davis, District No. 16 county legislature candidate, spoke briefly to introduce himself.

Under old business, Larry Mee stated that his department was planning to get the lines painted in the town hall parking lot before winter. They were currently finishing up road work around the town.

Under new business, Supervisor Kelly Snow read a resolution to allow Town Justice Judith Shields to apply for a grant from the state 2017-18 Justice Court Assistance Program. Funds received from a JCAP grant would be used for improvements for the courtroom in the town hall. The board passed the resolution.

Supervisor Snow noted that it was again time to work on the budget for 2018. The supervisor’s preliminary budget had been given to board members prior to the meeting. A work session was held Oct. 16.

Town Clerk Bonnita Wallace reported that she had received a letter that day from NYS DOT concerning a speed study done a Sprague Hill Road. They concurred with residents of the area, and the speed limit will be reduced to 40 mph from Mee Road to the Town of Ellicott line.

Snow asked Wallace to send a letter to the residents who had requested the speed study to inform them of the DOT’s decision. Councilman Terry Walker then noted that he had received comments from several constituents that other roads in the town suffer from speeding drivers, and feel that it is a great potential for accidents.

Mee noted that his department had been doing a lot of work on the edges of roads in the town. Millings received from their work in shared services have been used. Blacktopping work has also been done on several roads. They have been working on ditching as well.

A start has been made on hauling in stone for next year. The first loads of salt for the winter roads have been received. Mee said it didn’t hurt to be prepared. Snow reported that the board had met with highway department workers, and contract negotiations with workers have reached an agreement on a new three-year contract.

The next town of Poland Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall. Snow will be available at 5:30 p.m. to meet with residents about any concerns. The public is encouraged to attend.