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Van Dyke Spinney project moves forward

One concerned resident, Bruce Davis, described the intersection as a "60-degree angle on a hill," and described the road infrastructure on that part of Van Dyke Road as one his biggest concerns.

"My parents are 87 and they still drive. They're trying to say these 221 seniors apparently aren't going to drive," Davis said. "We're not going to put the developer on the hook."

Davis said his concerns, which include effecting the area's water quality, traffic and easements for water, sewer, and gas lines along residential property, have fallen on deaf ears at Town Hall.

"We wanted to be a part of the process and add our comments but the town basically said, 'Thanks, but no thanks,'" Davis said. Referring to Supervisor Jack Cunningham, he continued, "Cunningham gave us assurances, but we're not being listened to. You don't even get a form letter back, thanks for the comments."

Cunningham said the town is taking all of the comments it receives, including Davis', and adding them to the record, and that Town Hall continues to get a constant stream of calls from interested seniors wanting to know when the project will be completed.

"I don't have the exact number of them," Cunningham said, "but I meet with seniors every week and I can say anecdotally that many, many of them are interested in this project."

Cunningham added, "The road design is going to be addressed."

Assistant Director of Economic Development and Planning Michael Morelli agreed and said he, too, has gotten many calls asking when the project will go through.

"We have a lot of people in town who call and want to know when this project will be ready," Morelli said.

Victor and Carole Ballato, who live on Van Dyke Road, say they are not against the project but are frustrated by not being more involved with the process.

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