State to study 30 mph speed limit on more portions of Gore Road

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TOWN OF LEE — A state study of a speed-limit reduction request on part of Gore Road, and reviving a liaison arrangement with a Little League organization that uses town park fields, were addressed by the Town Board.

Among other actions Tuesday night, the board continued a payment agreement with the Rome Humane Society shelter for stray dogs turned in, and organized bid-seeking packages for ongoing grounds and custodial services at town facilities.

• The state Department of Transportation has notified Lee that it has initiated a study of the town’s request to reduce the speed limit on two sections of Gore Road from 55 mph to 30 mph, and will notify the town of results once completed.

“We will wait for their response,” which could be “up to a year, sometimes it takes,” commented Lee Supervisor John Urtz. The two sections of Gore Road, on the western side of Lee, involve about eight-tenths of a mile. The road is partially within the City of Rome at its southern end which is a 30 mph zone, while part of it is in Lee toward its northern end which is a 55 mph zone.

• The board approved appointing newly elected town councilman L. James “Jamo” Jones Jr. as a liaison with the Town of Lee Little League. It would relate to annual use of the town park for baseball games, said Urtz, adding softball also potentially could be involved through the organization although softball leagues have not been active recently.

Regarding a liaison with the Little League organization, the town “historically has had one” but not in recent years, Urtz said. The organization “wants someone to sit in” on its meetings, he noted, adding the town wants to know league schedules for park usage and can be apprised of needs for the town park fields. The town has regularly approved funding to help in the Little League organization’s projects at the park including improvements for fields and facilities.

• Among items at its annual organizational meeting that followed the regular meeting, the board approved continuing an agreement for 2019 to pay the Rome Humane Society $250 per each stray dog brought by the town to be held at the shelter.

The town brings “very few” dogs to the shelter, said Urtz, explaining that the town’s dog control officer typically is able to track the strays and “gets them back to owners.”

• The board will open bids at its February meeting for a three-year contract for custodial services and groundskeeping at the town park. The contract also could include groundskeeping at the town hall and the state police station on Turin Road that is leased from the town, or separate bids for that work can be submitted. The contracts expired Oct. 31.

The board opted not to seek bids for groundskeeping at abandoned cemeteries and town water department properties, and will simply select someone to handle those sites. They are below the $5,000 limit for requiring bidding under the town’s procurement policy, said Urtz.

Urtz noted that perhaps a college student may want to handle groundskeeping at abandoned cemeteries.

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