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Hanover residents sue town, superintendent

June 7, 2013

HANOVER — A dispute over the maintenance of Stewart Avenue in Hanford Bay has resulted in residents filing a lawsuit against the town of Hanover and Highway Superintendent Steve D’Angelo....

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Jun-08-13 6:49 AM

Have you seen the road in question? It is a private road. Where the town may have been taking care of it for 50 years is there anything on the books that says they have to? Times change. These are the same people that only want to pay for half of year taxes because they are snow birds. Keeping it real, it is private property and whoever owns the property should be responsible for the plowing. If the road can not handle a town plow and damages something then who is going to pay? I am tired of paying. Let the landowners chip in and be responsible in this case not the rest of the families in the town.

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Jun-08-13 12:32 AM

For 50 years the town maintained the road. In a way, that may be an admission of guilt and Imo set precedence.

Over all, the ultimate solution would be 50% paid by the town and 50% by the land owners who use it for access. JMHO

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Jun-07-13 7:02 PM

Seeing as all the town taxpayers will pay for the towns legal representation this amounts to a small group of taxpayers shooting all the rest of the taxpayers in the foot. It should be the responsibility of the town board to negotiate a fair settlement without a court order!

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Jun-07-13 3:15 PM


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Jun-07-13 12:51 PM

I've seen this so many times with private property. I agree that if the town has plowed the road for 50 years, it should just continue to do so. Really, how long will it take to plow that road. However, the bigger dispute arises over the bridge wall... Deteriorating infrastructure can cause damage to a persons property. In MY opinion, the municipality should be responsible for the repair of the infrastructure. However, I've seen this battled and the results have been both ways.... the municipality pays for it, the property owner pays for it, or both split the cost. It's a battle! And, until things start falling apart, there is nothing on the books indicating who SHOULD pay for these damages. GOOD LUCK WITH THIS ONE!

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