Niagara Gazette


June 18, 2013

Village of Lewiston subdivision residents unhappy with road decision

Residents of Primrose Lane in the Village of Lewiston were more than a little disappointed Monday evening.

After a request by the group of homeowners to have the village board of trustees assume control of their road's maintenance and snow removal was turned down unanimously, many of those gathered at Village Hall were fuming. Among their mutterings could be heard "dirty" and "distrustful" under their breaths.

But the Lewiston Village Board stuck to their principals, explained Mayor Terry Collesano.

"This is a complex situation," he told the homeowners. "This is a mess. This never should have happened. I've been following this from the beginning as a trustee of this board. At the time the subdivision was created, I was told the village would never take control of either of these streets.

"Years later, the homeowners came to us and wanted us to take control of both roads. I voted based on my principles from what I'd been told before, and was the only one to vote no then. And nothing's changed."

Primrose Lane, an undersized (width), private road in the northeast section of the one-square-mile village is maintained by the Oxbow Gardens Homeowners Association, but recent developments have led the association to the village's doors looking for transfer of responsibilities.

Homeowners said the street is no longer safe, since a private contractor hired to snowplow and salt the road in the winter is not as efficient as the village road crew. They cited being village taxpayers who were not receiving the full benefit of their hard-earned dollars.

"We have a long history of fighting for equal representation for taxation in this country," Cliff Swain, a Primrose Lane homeowner, said. "The 12-foot wide Primrose Lane is wide enough for village road equipment to maneuver and has been plowed by the village previously. We're not asking for a favor, we just want value. We feel we're not receiving the same value for our tax dollars as others in the village are."

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