Afton, other towns waiting for county to adopt road use law

NORWICH – A law written to protect Chenango County’s roads from damages caused by heavy trucking, as in the case of natural gas development, has been in the works for three years.

It was one of the first pieces of business before the county’s Natural Gas Advisory Committee when it was created back in 2008 and one of two controls – the other being taxation – that municipalities could wave over the then impending gas industry.

According to Chenango County Department of Planning and Development Director Donna M. Jones, members of the gas committee now say they hope to have the proposed ordinance ready for adoption in January.

An actual draft law has been passed back and forth from the advisory committee, the Public Works Committee and the county’s attorney over the past 12 months, at least. PW Committee Chairman John Phelan, R-Conventry, said in November that a resolution would come before the board for consideration this month, but it didn’t.

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