By ANN BELCHER
BROCTON - Village of Brocton crews will be able to start on roadwork earlier than anticipated for the Peerless Street Bridge project.
At a recent meeting of Brocton's board of trustees, Streets Superintendent Tom Allen and Mayor Dave Hazelton reported that work is slated to begin this fall, rather than spring, on getting the roadway in and settled.
The joint project between Brocton and the town of Portland calls for Brocton's responsibility to put the roadway in, which will be utilized once heavy pieces of the new bridge start getting delivered for Portland.
"Our next step will be to start putting in rock, fill, stone or dirt, whatever will be utilized to build the roadway, and that portion will be done this fall, allowing the bridge to be placed in the spring. Once we get the roadway in and paved, it will be able to settle and then the banks can be seeded, so the project is moving along," Hazelton said.
No out-of-the-ordinary traffic interruptions are anticipated according to Hazelton, until the large sections of bridge work are hauled in and he noted that fire department personnel have been dealing accordingly with the shutdown of Peerless Street in anticipation of the new bridge being placed.
In other matters, the mayor briefly commented on the architectural report findings for 10 E. Main St., noting "It's going to be an issue at some point that we have to address, and it's not a good situation."
The mayor has sent a copy of the report to neighboring businessman Tim Cave for his review and added he has reached out to contractors with asbestos abatement referrals if and when the time comes to physically tackle the failing building.
The board is still seeking and contemplating all possible funding sources that would allow for a satisfactory solution to all parties involved with the deteriorating condition of 10 E. Main St.
Nothing imminent is concerning the village at this point with regard to the building, but as the mayor noted and has expressed previously, "Snow or high winds could change that."
The mayor also reported that he and the board met with resident Dennis Dorogi regarding the condition of the creek and bank on his property following the July floods and were able to offer him some solutions.
"Hopefully, with a new service line slated to be installed in that area that will alleviate some of the issue for their property," Hazelton stated.
In other matters, Allen reported that sidewalk work will be getting wrapped up for the season with the footage that remains to be poured.
The mayor also reported that the board will be working on getting necessary funding to put towards new sidewalk for at least one side of Central Avenue that would allow for a safe pedestrian route, which is utilized by residents of the Star Apartments and other walkers to access downtown.
Board members officially set Trick or Treat hours for the village. Costumed pedestrians will be out from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31, during which the annual parade from the Brocton Fire Department will begin at 5:30 p.m.
The board will reconvene on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. for its next meeting.
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