CONCORD—Legislator John Mills spoke to town residents at the Concord Town Board meeting Aug. 10. The Chairman discussed ongoing roadwork construction and the opioid crisis.
Mills said the road work on Route 240 and Springville-Boston Road is going well, though it’s not as far complete as he would like it to be. Both roads are being milled and repaved to reduce the number of potholes and increase the safety of the drivers. Mills has been outspoken about the condition of roads in southern Erie County, and his visit to the Concord Town Board was no different.
“We need more infrastructure investment,” Mills said. “We’ve got to start the funding here … there is no preventative measures at the county level. We have crisis management at the county level.”
Mills went on to say the condition of the roads are a matter of public safety and should be a concern of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. He said there are roughly 30 roads in the southern portion of the county that would benefit from a total reconstruction.
“This Legislator is not messing around,” Mills said. “This is a matter of public safety and I recommend we fix it now.”
Mills, who is running unopposed this year, unveiled his “campaign signs,” which feature the phrase: Poloncarz fix this road now. The signs will be available to residents, though Mills said he’s giving Poloncarz time to react.
“We’re aggressively pushing the roads … we have to get aggressive with the process,” Mills said. “We have to spend more of the money allocated.”
In April, Poloncarz announced the repaving of Springville-Boston Road and Route 240. Both projects began earlier this summer, and when completed, are expected to last 10 years.
Mills addressed the opioid crisis, noting said something needs to be done. He said there have been meetings regarding the issue, but there is still a lot of work to be done.
“We’re on the right road. I’m not an expert on this, I don’t think anyone is,” Mills said.
Mary Jane Miess again spoke about her unhappiness with the Concord Senior Center, during public comment. Miess said there are seniors who are unaware of the activities and confused by the availability of the lunch program. She told the board there is a need for a full time director, noting the center is not open enough to seniors to justify the cost of the building.
The board discussed reducing the speed limit on Foote Road in Glenwood, after Supervisor Gary Eppolito received a letter from a resident highlighting concerns.
“Many times throughout the day, we see drivers flying by our house,” the letter from Piper Malik read, in part. “For safety of local residents, drivers on this road and park visitors, it is important to lower the speed limit on Foote Road.”
The letter requests the speed limit be reduced from 55 miles per hour to 40, 35 or 30 MPH. It continues on to say any reduction would “greatly improve” the safety of residents and visitors to Sprague Brook Park.
The board authorized a T-9 traffic study – which will be conducted by Erie County – to determine if the speed should be reduced and what the speed limit should be.
Councilman Ken Zittle reported there would be another meeting regarding the Comprehensive Plan on Sept. 21, from 6-8 p.m., at the Senior Center. The meeting will focus on recommendations received at the June meeting.
The Concord Town Board will next meet Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Concord Town Hall.