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Weather takes bite out of road funds

A winter that was hard on road surfaces and high crude oil prices have the Town of Hanover highway superintendent wondering just how many repairs can be accomplished this year.

At the regular meeting of the Town Board on Monday, several residents of Hanford Bay asked if their roads would be evaluated. They had the additional complication of roads torn up during the water line project in their area.

Highway Superintendent Steve D'Angelo said that he has been assessing roads and hopes to be able to repave part of Moran Road, Front Street and Scarlata Drive in Hanford Bay.

D'Angelo said he had town crews out Friday through Monday in the southern areas of the town that received several inches of snow.

He said plows were still ready on town trucks in anticipation of the spring storm.

Town Supervisor Kathy Tampio said a meeting will be held Thursday morning to discuss the work to repair roads and do landscaping this summer as a result of water line replacement and relining previously done.

A resident of Routes 5 & 20 asked that the ditch in front of her home be considered. She said the pitch of the ditch is incorrect and causes poor drainage. Tampio said she would put it on the list of projects to be reviewed.

In other news:

* A tire amnesty program will be held in the town this summer. Residents will be able to dispose of car tires without rims. Truck tires that are quartered will also be accepted.

* The town received word from the Erie County Water Authority that the town will receive a credit for water donated to the Village of Forestville during their water crisis last fall.

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