Road rage at Rotterdam town board meeting

The board voted unanimously on Wednesday to set a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, in Town Hall to discuss the extension of a dry sewer line to Masullo Estates.

The sewer line is part of a $1.35 million reconstruction project and would be paid for by the approximately 90 residents in the neighborhood.

Town Supervisor Steven Tommasone said that if the residents vote for "yes" for sewers, the line could be hooked into the proposed Helderberg Meadows development.

In November, the board approved a new $40,500 study to look at the drainage of property located at the end of East Lucille Lane and bordering the proposed 261-unit development.

Tommasone said details of the sewer project would be available to residents at the public hearing. He said that after listening to the opinions of residents the board would decide either to drop the project or send it to a referendum vote this spring.

"We want the residents to do what's best for them," said Tommasone. If the sewers are defeated, we will make a decision between taking action or not taking action on the drainage and we'll have the roads topped before winter."

In the meantime, Tommasone said the highway department has already sent a street sweeper to East Lucille Lane to try and take care of the problem. He said town employees also cleared a number of storm drains late last week.

According to Tommasone, the town had been waiting for area asphalt plants to open before making repairs.

"We'll be over to patch up the road as soon as possible," he said.""

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