Route 22 repairs set to start June 17

CANAAN–Residents of Canaan and New Lebanon along with other drivers of vehicles passing back and forth on state Route 22 north and south of the intersection with state Route 295 will face delays due to road repairs scheduled to start Monday, June 17.

The first step will be milling, which removes the upper levels of pavement and is expected to take two to three days. That will be followed by repaving, which is supposed to start Thursday, June 20 for and last another two to three days. The state Department of Transportation project is the first repaving of this part of the decaying highway in over 25 years.

Canaan Town Board member Brenda Adams reported the work schedule at the June 10 meeting of the Town Board, noting that the project will pave 3.5 miles north on Route 22 from the intersection of Route 295, and one-half mile south for a total of four miles of new paving. Another five to six miles remains in need of repair.

Town Supervisor Richard Keaveney noted the need to look for other funding. Officials and local motorists consider the section of Route 22 being repaved north of the 295 intersection to be in the worst condition and most in need of repaving.

In other business at the June 10 meeting:

• Supervisor Keaveney led discussion of garbage and trash disposal at the weigh station now managed and owned by Waste Management. The town will be paying approximately $72-$75 per ton for covering costs, a favorable rate when compared to Columbia County, which pays $125 per ton. Of 750 residents in Canaan, 450 have permits for the Waste Management transfer station

• The board unanimously approved the appointment of lifetime resident and retired teacher, Sallie LaValle for a second five-year term on the Board of Assessment Review

• The board responded supportively to a complaint and request for assistance made by Randy Moshimer concerning nuisance dogs running free and barking on a county Route 5 property. He said the dog owners are tenants whose lease prohibits pets

• The recent Grievance Day heard 10 grievances about assessments; 6 were denied and 4 received partial relief.

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