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Board silent as Wheatfield gives up $750,000 grant for sidewalks on Krueger Road
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Board silent as Wheatfield gives up $750,000 grant for sidewalks on Krueger Road

by Joseph KisselJuly 10, 2017

“Do we have a second?” Supervisor Robert Cliffe asked Wheatfield town board members Gil Doucet, Larry Helwig, Randy Retzlaff and Arthur Gerbec regarding his resolution to accept a $750,000 grant to build a sidewalk on Krueger Road.

Wheatfield own board members Arthur Gerbec and Larry Helwig during Supervisor Robert Cliffe’s attempt to get a second regarding his proposal to build a sidewalk on dangerous Krueger Road.

Silence.

“Gentlemen, I need a second to proceed.”

Silence.

Wheatfield town board member Gilbert Doucet during Supervisor Robert Cliffe’s attempt to get a second regarding his proposal to build a sidewalk on dangerous Krueger Road.

“We don’t have a second so I should limit my own conversation. But I think this is a unique opportunity and a unique situation. And if we can get this job done and make it safer for the people. If my children lived in that area or my grandchildren lived in that area, I would want to see this sidewalk.”

“The cost of the sidewalk is being handled out of of our savings account, our fund balance. I don’t think there would be a risk down the road aways of running out of money because of this one project. I do think we should proceed.”

“Do we have a second?”

Silence.

Wheatfield own board member Randy Retzlaff during Supervisor Robert Cliffe’s attempt to get a second regarding his proposal to build a sidewalk on dangerous Krueger Road.

“Without a second we cannot proceed,” Cliffe said.

“This is … on hold.”

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Joseph Kissel
Joseph Kissel is a journalist, editor and photographer.
4 Comments
  • Shannon Panaro
    July 11, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Do you have the photo of all the people in the room showing their green papers?

  • Laurie G
    July 11, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Now they get to throw another $5000-10,000 to Wendel Engineering for a study on shoulders. Kelly D and Debbie F requested shoulders on the road to begin with.This is really a disservice to the neighborhood.I also still cannot understand why the entire town gets a say in this? If this issue was in another part of town, I would not involve myself in it and I would not be worried that town money was being spent with a grant on a town problem. Krueger Rd residents should have had first say and then the feeder street residents.

  • Lori Messing
    July 12, 2017 at 8:16 am

    In my understanding, (please correct me if I am wrong,) if something tragic should happen to another person walking in this area the town could be sued. This could cost taxpayers millions instead of thousands. To me this is penny wise and pound foolish. I dont understand the ins and outs of your political reasoning but I really think you’ve dropped the ball on this one. This is a known area for speeding. The young man that was killed there was a friend of mine. He did not need to die senslessly. This is a ticking time bomb. Shame on all of you for your silence. I hope you all sleep well at night knowing you could have fixed this situation.

  • Susan
    July 12, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Krueger road residents should have first say before anyone else in the town. Then the rest can have say. He was a close friend to many of us at NTHS and he died way too soon. This road has speeders down it all the time not caring what happens. What if it was your child you would think differently then: wouldn’t you? I would hope so. Start thinking in the eyes of i dont want this to happen to my child let’s do what needs to be done from it happening again to anyone’s child or an adult for that matter

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