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Alden board irked by county road construction shortly before summer car show

County roadwork completed just a few days before the Alden/Marilla Car Show at the end of July rankled Alden Town Board members, who sent a letter to the Department of Public Works to voice their displeasure with the timing.

The board received a response from the county last week, Supervisor Harry F. “Bud” Milligan said at Monday evening’s board meeting. The work involved putting oil and stone on several roads in the town.

“Charlie Sickler from Erie County wrote back on the letter I sent him thanking him for putting oil and stone down just before our car show,” he said. “Of course, it’s our fault.”

When the roads are oiled and stoned, Milligan said, there are loose stones all over the road, which can chip the paint on cars.

“People are bringing their classic cars and motorcycles and all that stuff,” he said. “I sent a letter saying I didn’t think that was proper.”

Town Attorney Jennifer L. Strong said the town informed the county that the car show was happening July 26 in hope that the work would be done after the car show.

“They claim they never got the word on that,” Milligan said. “It wasn’t good timing to do that, two days before the car show.”

Some car show participants were upset with the condition of the roads, including Strong’s father, who owns two classic Fords.

“My father was angry,” she said.

In other matters, a public hearing will be held on the town’s application for a federal Community Development Block Grant at the next regular board meeting at 7:15 p.m. Oct. 5. The grant, which is available every few years to the town, is slated to go toward redoing the town’s code books, Milligan said, unless the town hears from residents who want the money to be used for something different.

“Anyone with any thoughts can give me a call or come to the meeting,” he said.

The cost of redoing the code books is estimated at $15,000, Milligan said. The last grant went toward purchasing the town’s senior citizens van.