Stitt Road takeover moves ahead

Guilderland begins eminent domain proceedings to acquire private road

— Wagner could still negotiate purchasing the right-of-way from landowners despite resident objections, because it is a private land purchase. The town could regulate how the land is used in that scenario.

Larned also read a letter five neighborhood homeowners sent him opposing Wagner’s initial proposal.

“In spite of their claims that only light traffic would be using that proposed new easement,” the letter read, “we feel that it is inevitable that large gravel haulers and heavy excavation equipment would be using that route, in view of the presence of unexploited valuable gravel deposits in the immediate vicinity.”

Runion said Wagner has since expressed to him a different option of upgrading an “old haul road” to access his property and exit onto Osborn Road.

Steve Wilson, a longtime Stitt Road resident, said it has been a long process and he was “ecstatic” to see the end nearing. Neighborhood residents also thanked Larned after the meeting for sticking around during the process and making repairs when needed.

Stitt Road resident David Hubbard, like many others, said he didn’t expect the process to take more than 30 years.

“This has been going on for too many years,” Runion said.

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