Express News Staff
LAKE PLEASANT - Recent talks between county officials and the NYS Department of Transportation have resulted in the state agency agreeing to repave the centers of State Route 8 this fall and Rt. 28 next summer.
Chairman William Farber made the announcement when the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met here Thursday, Oct. 3, before the supervisors agreed to authorize signing of the State Snow and Ice Control Contract for the 2014/15 season.
Lake Pleasant Supervisor Neil McGovern, who pushed for the discussions along with county Superintendent of Highways Tracy Eldridge, said the talks revealed DOT is doing these incomplete blacktopping jobs throughout the state. It has been paving the shoulders and a portion of each travel lane, leaving the centerline and several feet on each side of it alone.
McGovern said he has seen similar examples in Albany County and DOT explained it was forced to use this procedure to help save roads despite a limited budget. However, many people have complained it creates a hazard, especially in bad weather, because drivers try to stay on the new blacktop.
In addition to the safety issue, town and county highway superintendents are concerned about how the incomplete blacktopping might cause damage to their plows and trucks as well as the roads.
In another highway matter, Eldridge was authorized to replace a tandem axle dump truck with plow with a 2014 Mack Heavy Duty Class 8 truck with associated options, including a dump box and material spreader. He will order the truck under an Oneida County bid contract at a cost not to exceed $176,000 through Utica Mack Inc.
It will take several months for the new truck to be built and delivered. Once it is received, the old truck will be auctioned.
The board also awarded the road sand contract to Delaney Crushed Stone Products, Northville. The only bidder, Delaney bid $9.85 pert ton delivered to Benson and $9.95 per ton delivered to Hope.
BUDGET WORK DATES
The following dates were designated for the Annual Session for 2013, when the board will work on the County Budget for 2014: Nov. 7 at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 18 at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 21 at 10:30 a.m. with the public hearing on the budget at 11 a.m.
The board adopted the following equalization rates for 2013: 100 percent - Arietta, Indian Lake, Inlet, Lake Pleasant, Long Lake and Morehouse; and 93 percent - Benson, Hope and Wells.
The board authorized paying $7,000 to Adirondack Regional Tourism Council as its share of a cooperative snowmobiling advertising campaign, including publication of a snowmobile map of the Adirondacks that Hamilton County takes to travel shows and television advertising from mid-November through mid-December.