Murray highway garage needs roof repairs after wind storm

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 April 2017 at 9:11 am

MURRAY – The powerful wind storm last month blew off numerous shingles and caused other significant damage to the roof on the Murray highway garage.

“Two thirds of the roof came off,” Highway Superintendent Ed Morgan told the Town Board during its meeting last week.

The roof is currently leaking, and needs to be repaired soon, Morgan advised the Town Board.

He is seeking bids on the roof repairs, which could top $15,000.

In other action:

• Morgan also said three canal bridges in the town are due for major overhauls. The bridges on Bennetts Corners, Telegraph and Transit roads are all planned for extensive work by the state Department of Transportation. The projects are expected to cost about $1 million to $2 million each.

One bridge on Hindsburg Road has now been closed about 15 years. Morgan said the DOT has no plans of fixing that bridge.

• The Town Board held a hearing on a moratorium on installation of ground-mounted solar energy systems in the town for six months.

The Town Planning Board wants time to write zoning regulations for commercial-scale solar systems that are ground mounted. The moratorium doesn’t affect residential projects.

The town wants to have zoning in place for removing the solar systems when they are obsolete, and wants to establish setbacks, screening from glare and glint, and address other issues with the projects.

Code Enforcement Officer Ron Vendetti said he expected the regulations would be complete in about 60 days.

• Morgan also reported the town will be receiving $13,500 more in CHIPS funding from the state for road maintenance as part of the new state budget.

• The Town Board passed a resolution supporting a legislative proposal that would limit the SAFE Act to New York City.

• The Board also passed a resolution urging the state to pay any additional costs for probation and other impacted county departments associated with the “Raising the Age of criminal responsibility” from 16 to 18.

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