NORTH WEBSTER — North Webster Town Council learned about an platted but undeveloped street in its meeting Tuesday evening, April 19, at the North Webster Community Center. New-to-the-property resident Chris Francis brought Shelly Street to the council’s attention.
He requested the town put down gravel on the part of the two lane road that is platted by his home. Town Attorney Jack Birch pointed out, “Legally, the town is under no obligation to open the street. Once the town starts maintaining it, then the town must continue to maintain the street. It is like an unopened alley.”
Francis noted, “As a deputy sheriff and volunteer firefighter, I would appreciate any help the town could give me.”
“Perhaps we could put down some gravel or limestone but I personally am not prepared for the town to pave any portion of the street at this time,” noted Council President Jon Sroufe. He also commented, “We are paying for past oversights of previous town councils.”
Sroufe moved that limestone or gravel not to exceed $1,000 be put on Shelly Street by the North Webster Utility Department. David Walixzek seconded the motion and so it passed. Lisa Strombeck abstained. Severn Trent Utility Department Manager Mike Moe then asked if the town had to plow the graveled portion of the street and was answered in the affirmative.
Jeremy Sponseller, representing Triad Associations Inc., the town’s engineers for the ongoing waste management project, asked for approval of change orders on the project excepting the still being negotiated price of life station alarms. The council approved.
Moe’s utility department report discussed minor repairs to the sidewalk on the south side of West Washington Street by the Golden Mermaid Gift Shop and the bushes at the corner of East Washington and North Main streets had been removed. Work is planned for Willis Park Drive.
Police Chief Greg Church explained by state law bulletproof vests must be replaced every five years and that is why the department has new ones. The officers answered 186 calls of service with 47 being traffic related. During March officers worked 674.5 hours, drove 3,393 miles and used 287.7 gallons of fuel.
“North Webster Town Park will be ready to open May 1,” said Park Board President Brian Sand. He also commented sand has been added to the beach and playground, water irrigation points have been checked and plans are in the works to raise the sunken concrete near the restaurant building.
North Webster Boy Scouts have been asked to help spread mulch in the park’s flower beds. “The biggest problem right now is the seaweed especially with the wind coming from the east. We’re working on it,” he added.
The next regular meeting of the council will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, North Webster Community Center’s party room, 301 N. Main St.