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Boston to request speed limits for Feddick and Rice roads

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

During the last meeting, Highway Superintendent Robert Telaak said that people in the community have been asking him about posting speed limits on Boston streets, specifically Feddick and Rice roads.

Telaak said he recommended that these individuals speak to the board directly about their requests, “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.”

One town citizen took advantage of the public forum on Dec. 18, to speak up about this issue.

Boston resident 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 every year, for years. 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 said. “We’re looking to establish that limit on Feddick at 45 [mph], 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 send 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, concerning the town’s contract with the Boston Historical Society. The society’s representative, Michael Myers, said, “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. After no further comment, the board approved the contract.

The next board meeting for the town of Boston will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at the Boston Town Hall, located at 8500 Boston State Road. This meeting has been scheduled a week later than the usual first Wednesday of the month, due to the fact that Jan. 1 is a holiday.
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