The Woolerton Street Bridge has become the subject of a local dispute, as the Delhi Village Board sued the Delhi Town Board over which is responsible for its maintenance.

The bridge needs to be rebuilt, and a projected $600,000 is needed, said Gerry Pilgrim, a bridge committee member. The committee has pledges totaling more than $40,000 already, and is applying for a state grant to cover design and planning costs.

How the structure is classified is being contested, as it is 19 feet, 6 inches in length, which would, under state Department of Transportation guidelines, put it in the category of a culvert. If the structure is a culvert, then the village is in charge of it, which is what the town argues.

However, Delhi village Mayor David Truscott has contended that the town bears responsibility for the structure because "nobody ever calls that bridge the Woolerton Street Culvert. If it looks like a bridge, it is a bridge."

In the midst of the lawsuit, the committee will proceed with applying for a shared services grant. Additionally, Lois Ray, another committee member, has indicated that when the bridge is rebuilt to county specifications, it will become a county bridge, and neither the town nor the village will be responsible for it.

We believe that this lawsuit is frivolous and unnecessary. What the structure is commonly called is a moot point, especially against clearly stated DOT guidelines to the contrary.

We also agree with the point made by Delhi town Supervisor Peter Bracci, who said that "there is no way there should be lawsuits in this economy."

It's disappointing to see such an inane, and potentially expensive, argument being made over a structure that has clearly already been designated as a culvert by state guidelines and should be taken care of by the village. In this tough economy, especially, localities should be banding together, not having ridiculous arguments such as this one driving them apart.

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{"Body Text Edit"/}We were pleased to see that a baseball tournament for Damaschke Field was approved by the city's Parks and Recreation Commission. The North Atlantic Regional Tournament of the National Club Baseball Association will be May 8 and 10, and Field 6 in Neahwa Park will also be utilized.

The NCBA is an intercollegiate club league that had 160 teams from colleges and universities competing during the 2008 season.

We're always glad to see the city bring in an interesting event, and we also applaud its taking a creative approach to help the local economy.

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