STOCKTON - Stockton officials say they will work on Lord Road now that two property owners plan to be year-round town residents.
Residents claiming they have been waiting 10 years for their road to be fixed came prepared to voice their opinions on the matter to Aaron Burnett, Stockton highway superintendent, at a recent Stockton Town Board meeting. Joyce Marcele and Ron Sulowski have just received permanent residency of their property on Lord Road, a seasonal road commonly used by snowmobilers during the winter.
"As the road is now, if I had health issues or an emergency, fire departments could not get to me in the winter," Sulowski said.
Burnett said Marcele and Sulowski had to give him proper notice because it will cost a lot of money for new pipes, to chop down brush and then put gravel on the road. According to Burnett, Marcele and Sulowski have not been serious in the past about being year-round residents of Lord Road.
"More than 10 years you have been talking about living up there, but you told me you wanted to sell the place," he said. "I need to know if you are serious about moving in this time."
Marcele told Burnett they plan on living up there now that they have permanent residency.
"We got everything done and want to live up there," she said. "We only want 300 yards to be worked on."
Burnett is concerned about tax dollars being spent on this road.
"I don't have a problem developing the road and making it plowable," he said. "I don't want to get these improvements done if you have no intention of moving up there. If you are just talking about it, it is a lot of money to spend."
Sulowski said he has been paying taxes a long time.
"I have been paying taxes on that property for 10 years now and I would like to have the road done," he said.
Supervisor David Wilson addressed the issue.
"As long as you are moving up there we will work on the road," he said. "It won't be black topped, but it will be plowable."
The main concern Sulowski has is being able to get in there if or when there is an emergency.
"It can still be used by snowmobilers," he said. "I have no problem with them using the road, but I need it to be plowed."