Collins allows Seneca Nation to fix roads entering territory

COLLINS — The Collins Town Board approved a resolution to allow the Seneca Nation of Indians to fix roadways entering the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.

The thoroughfares include Richardson and Lenox roads, however, the Nation only agreed to fix Lenox Road as of now. The town of Collins owns a part of Lenox that goes west from Taylor Hollow Road, and the Nation looks to create a uniform roadway on both their portion and the town’s.

Collins Town Supervisor Ken Martin described the town’s portion of Lenox Road as “pot holes connected to pot holes.” On the Nation’s portion of the road, there are two businesses: a gas station and a lacrosse gear store.

The work that the Nation is soon to bid out is to mill, pave and overlay the roadway up to Taylor Hollow paid by federal dollars, the town board said. There will also be drainage work and improvements to the waterlines.

Martin added that there is houses on the roadway that will benefit from the enhancements as well.

The Nation received permission to fix Richardson Road, but made no promise at this time to do work on said road.

The Collins Town Board will meet on April 16 at the town hall. It will begin at 7 p.m.

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