By Christopher Gordon
Bids that include planting top soil and seeding are being awaited by the Boston Town Board, as it tries to resolve a dispute with some residents on Chestnut Lane that has been going on for a couple of years.
Resident Brian Burns asked the board for an update on what was happening with the “dirt situation” near his Chestnut Lane property.
“We are still getting bids,” Town Supervisor Martin A. Ballowe said, adding one has come in and the town is waiting for “one or two more.” According to Ballowe, the dispute began a couple years ago when Highway Superintendent Robert Telaak purchased property and built a house on Chestnut for his son. At that time, he also agreed to donate a portion of the property to the town so a turn-around could be built, making it easier for highway department trucks to maneuver, especially in inclement weather.
Following concerns brought forth by some residents, work was halted on the project, Ballowe said. At that time, trees were removed and safety items, including bollards, replaced the trees to provide separation from a 30-feet deep embankment.
The meeting became more tense when Town Councilman Jay P. Boardway said the supervisor should not answer certain questions from Burns because of legal disputes involving the situation.
Ballowe said the town was informed that the “fill can remain” but that some corrective action must be taken.
Daniel Kurek, another Chestnut Lane resident who has lived on the street for nearly 30 years, said until the last couple of years, there were no safety issues on his street. He said the trees and dirt kept drivers safe so they did not go over the embankment.
Ballowe reiterated that items such as bollards were placed there because the planned turn-around was stopped.
“There were safety concerns,” Ballowe said, adding he believed it was a “good idea” to add safety measures in place of the trees that were removed.
“Until trees or something else grows there, then they stay,” Ballowe said.