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May 15, 2014

Official says road-use law would protect taxpayers

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The road-use law initially was considered when the town board was reviewing moratoriums on natural gas drilling. The board adopted an anti-fracking law in March.

Chapel said the law was “neutral” toward development and neither encourages nor discourages such activity. The law doesn’t seek regulation of everyday traffic but does aim to identify “a huge spike” of traffic that would be generated by a developer, she said.

Municipal officials, including the highway supervisor, would determine any potential for damages to roads, and the law would be part of a broader review process involving town planners and environmental impact reviews, officials said.

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