Board approves plow plan for Troy Burne
After a month of discussion, several items were presented to the Town of Troy Board Sept. 8 as suggestions of how to improve plowing and road repair conditions in Troy Burne, specifically for the upcoming winter season.
Last month the board heard concerns from the Troy Burne Homeowners Association regarding excess amounts of sand and gravel left behind after the winter plowing season and road construction and repairs, tar seepage, and snow plowing that has damaged expensive, required mailboxes.
It was recommended that the town purchase between 100 to 200 stakes, and stake property along the roadways so that the plow driver can more easily distinguish between what is road, and what is property, something that can be near impossible in heavy snow conditions. While some homeowners in Troy Burne already stake their property for this very reason, it is not uniform from property to property, and by having the town do the staking, the process would be uniform, and much easier on the plow drivers.
The second item involved slowing the plow on the first pass. While a minimum speed is required in order to move snow, a slower initial pass could potentially save some mailboxes from snow thrown from the plow. Subsequent passes will be at normal speed, but not push snow toward the boxes.
Another proposal is for the Homeowners Association to contact the postmaster to see if mailboxes in the most prone areas could possibly be consolidated into a single location, to better protect against accidental damage.
The town has agreed to these provisions and will begin the process this winter. If problems persist, however, the town may still consider hiring out to a private contractor to do the plowing in Troy Burne. The current town-owned equipment is made to plow rural roads, not the suburban, curbed roads of Troy Burne.
North Glover road project
After years on the backburner, the North Glover Road expansion project has taken its first steps forward. Delayed previously by the high cost of the project, it was reconsidered this September, as the town has had no major road construction projects. The town has banked the saved money to be used next year, specifically on this project.
After strong support from citizens, which included a 60-signature petition, the town has taken the first steps forward, and given permission to Cedar Corp. to begin planning. The current project is estimated at $714,000 and would expand North Glover Road from 20 to 60 feet across, as well as straighten the road.