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Boston to examine several town speed limits

BOSTON — A recent topic of discussion at the Boston town board’s meetings has turned into preliminary action, on the part of the board.

During the last board meeting, Highway Superintendent Robert Telaak said, regarding the idea of speed limits on particular roads in Boston, specifically Feddick Road and Rice Road, “A lot of people ask me, and I keep telling them to come to the board meeting and say something, but nobody ever does. It’s something I think we should look into, as far as a lot of our town roads. There should be speed limits.”

On Dec. 18, one Boston citizen took advantage of the public forum to speak up, regarding this issue.

Rene Hadley said, “I would like to request that speed limit signs be put up on Feddick Road, by Rice and on Rice Road. If we could get some sort of intersection sign, stating that there is a stop to that road, because I’ve had about five cars in my yard this year and two or three, ever year, for years,” she explained.

“So, I don’t know if there’s some sort of intersection sign that you can put, that there is a stop there. The road comes to a T. [I’d like] if the ‘stop ahead’ sign could be moved to the top of the hill.”

Councilman Larry Murtha addressed the issue.

“I’ve got a notice from the state and county, who have received our requests for a speed limit study on Feddick Road,” he reported. “We’re looking to establish that limit on Feddick at 45, so I don’t think it’s going to be in the too far distant future to establish that limit.”

Murtha added that the board would be sending in a request, regarding Rice Road, at the town board’s next meeting. “As far as the intersection’s concerned,” he said, “we’ll have them look at that, as well.”

In other board matters:

– A public hearing was held, regarding the ambulance service contract renewal, but there was no public comment. The board moved to approve the contract.

– A second public hearing was held, as well, this one concerning the town’s contract with the Boston Historical Society. Michael Myers of the Boston Historical Society said, “On behalf of the Boston Historical Society, its members and its president, Kathy Praczkajlo, I’d like to thank the Boston town board for your consideration that you’ve put into the historical contract of 2014. We truly appreciate the operating dollars received, and you help us fund our gap that we have, from our membership dues and donations.

“We want to be good stewards of the town’s valuable historical artifacts and its museum, and we simply could not do it without the town board and its citizens and their financial support and help.”

Councilman Jeff Genzel reminded the board that Town Historian Keith Kaszubik managed to cut his own budget by $500, which, in turn, was requested to be donated to the historical society. The board approved the contract.

The next board meeting for the town of Boston will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 8, since Jan. 1 is a holiday.

The meeting will be held at the Boston Town Hall, which is located at 8500 Boston State Road.
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