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Town aims to control dust on road

Farmersville Highway Superintendent David W. Kinney says he will investigate costs of controlling dust on Stebbins Road.

In response to a letter from residents, Kinney told the Town Board on Monday night that a special dust-control oil costs 96 cents a gallon, but grading the road each summer destroys the surface. To save money, he said he was considering spreading a salt brine solution in front of homes along some sections of the road.

He said that 15 bags of calcium, costing $5.55 per bag at Agway in Arcade, would make 500 gallons of the solution that, in dry weather, could last as long as 46 days.

The alternative, applying oil and stone chips on the road in front of all Stebbins Road homes, could cost as much as $6,800.

"My advice is to not chip more roads until we get the others caught up," Kinney said, adding that Stebbins Road also has a drainage problem in one area. He then suggested he might be able to procure dust oil from Kendall in Bradford, Pa., but storage would be a problem.

Supervisor Fritz Zuech suggested comparing costs and noted the calcium he purchases for his business has risen to $11.21 a bag. He said residents will be sent a letter saying something will be done about the dust problem by spring.

In another matter, Zuech gave board members copies of what he described as a proposed "land use law" that a committee had submitted Monday but has not yet made public. He asked board members to go over the proposed law, which has not been made public, and be prepared to discuss it at an upcoming meeting. Town Clerk Sue Holmes commented that an effort had been made to remove every mention of "zoning" from the document.

Zuech also presented a plaque to Carl W. Fridman, a board member who had not sought re-election, in appreciation of his years of service to the town. Fridman, who was attending his last meeting as a councilman, has served as firefighter, assessor and deputy highway superintendent.

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