Crumbling shoulders, a dangerously deep culvert, guardrails hugging the road and potholes galore are a Wales resident’s description of one section of Four Rod Road, a roadway maintained by Erie County.
Bonnie Jackson, who has complained to the county about the problem, brought her complaint about the one-mile stretch of Four Rod to the Wales Town Board on Tuesday night.
The town also has received a petition signed by residents seeking repairs to the stretch of Four Rod, from the intersection of Route 20A north to Liberia Road, in Marilla.
“There are 17 guardrails to block a culvert that is so big, people walking could fall into it,” Jackson said. “No one ever has seen this before.”
Town Attorney Ronald Bennett said the county will be notified about the problem.
”We will try to get Joseph Lorigo, our county legislator, to look into this,” Councilman Gerald Klinck said.
Another resident said, ”Some residents said they can’t walk their kids down that road. The county comes out, takes pictures and promises to come back – but they haven’t yet.”
Supervisor Rickey Venditti said Highway Supervisor Michael Zywar has talked to people at the county garage about the situation.
On another issue, the response of residents to a water survey sent out in July has surprised the Town Board. Councilman Jude Hartrich, who is spearheading the project, which is being paid for through a federal grant, said, “We expected a 15 percent response, and to date we have a 47 percent response, and they are still coming in.”
Venditti said, “This is triple what we expected and is a good basis to do the water study from.” Currently, all town residents draw their water from wells.
The survey is a comparative version of a study done 10 years ago. A public meeting on the survey will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the community center, 12345 Big Tree Road.
In other matters:
• Councilman Michael Simon suggested toughening town law banning hydraulic fracturing, the controversial drilling technique used to mine natural gas.
“I would like to take a look again at our current ban to see if it could be tightened up even more,” he said.
Town Attorney Ron Bennett said he will examine the law but believes it will stand up as it is.
• Russell Scherrer of Auctions International said he plans to seek an amendment to his special-use permit to accommodate a big tent for weekly auctions at his Route 20A flea market site.
• The board approved a bid from Expert Tree Service of Elma for $1,500 to remove a decayed silver maple in Wales Cemetery, grind up the stump and remove the debris.