The town of Wilson doubled up its anger and frustration with the state government at the Town Board meeting Wednesday night.
One, the State Highway Department re-covered Lake Road with stone and oil, not asphalt. Route 425, the major north-south entrance to the town, has a smooth surface in the Town of Cambria and the Villiage of Wilson — not in the Town of Wilson
Two, the Town Board sent a resolution to the State Parks Department to regain free access for residents of Sunset Island. There are 85 properties on the island and the owners have to pay to park in the Wilson Tuscarora State Park in order to get to their homes — or they can boat across the Wilson Harbor.
“We’re not a burden,” said island resident Rita Miller. “Seven months a year we boost the economy.”
Supervisor Joe Jastrzemski has been frustrated in his efforts to bring the issues to the state departments. He said he has reached out to the state, but gets nothing in reply.
“Our town would have prefer them not do anything, rather than put down that oil and loose stone,” Jastrzemski said about Lake Road. “Between the dust and the stones coming up and hitting those cars we’ve had a number of complaints.”
The speed limit has been reduced to 35 mph until the dust settles.
The supervisor said the state did not didn’t consult with highway superintendent Daniel Kerwin and suggested residents complain to the State Highway Department.
“It’s arciac what they did here. Goodness, Gracious, we don’t even use stone and oil in our town,” the Jastrzemski added. “They just went ahead and did it, just like they do with the state park. They think they can do whatever they want and just run roughshod over our people and over our town.”
Jastrzemski noted that the county is paving Beebe Road from Route 104 to Burt Road.
The Sunset Island resolution urged the state officials to correct the injustice by allowing residents, their families and friends to once again have free access to their properties.
• The contract with Wilson No. 1 Fire, which expired May 31, was extended to go to Dec. 31. “We’re going to work to getting another two or three year contract beyond that,” Jastrzemski said. “We’re trying to get the village and the town together to begin and end at the same time. It brings into compliance what we have with South Wilson.”
• The town will give $100 to Blues, Brews & Que and $100 to Watch Wilson Grow. Last year the town donated $500 for start-up money for the first BB&Q.