Club on verge of bridging divide with county on Sour Springs Road
Submitted by Howard Owens on October 29, 2009 - 1:02pm
A handful of snowmobilers attended last night's Genesee County Legislature meeting, and though they were not allowed to speak, they did walk about with good news.
It may be possible for the Genesee County Sno-Packers to reinstall the bridge it installed on Sour Springs Road over Oak Orchard Creek.
The county highway department removed the bridge Oct. 22, with officials citing liability concerns since installation of the bridge was not authorized.
Two issues stand in the way of putting the bridge back in place: County liability and responsibility for maintenance. Both of those issue appear on the cusp of resolution.
"After some discussion I had tonight with the county attorney, it appears that the county attorney would be receptive to the town of Alabama giving a hold harmless and indemnification agreement to the county," said Legislator Ray Cianfrini. "I was told by Mr. Rizzo that he would be receptive to that, and that's a huge step forward."
Even though the Sour Springs Road runs through a national wildlife refuge, it is actually a Town of Alabama roadway.
County Highway Superintendent Tim Hens said he was confident an agreement could be reached with the Sno-Packers for maintenance of the bridge.
Kevin Fisher, speaking for the Sno-Packers after the meeting said the club would have no issue with taking care of the bride and would gladly reinstall it themselves.
“I’m sure the club will put it back in," Fischer said. "We did it once, I’m sure we can do it again.”
At which point another club member chimed in, "It's easier the second time."
"You got it," Fisher said.