By Matthew Saari

Whitehall town supervisor John Rozell has proposed a new law which would require any franchises seeking to do work along Whitehall’s roads to gain the highway superintendent’s approval beforehand.

Rozell pitched the new law – calling it a Highway Work Permit Law – at the town board’s October meeting and town attorney Erika Sellar-Ryan explained what power the new law would afford the town.

Essentially, the local law would require anyone, private resident or corporate giant, to obtain a work permit from the town and obtain authorization from highway superintendent Louie Pratt before work could commence.

“They would need a permit; they would need to run it by Louie first,” Sellar-Ryan said.

“This would also let us be notified, with maps and blueprints, so we could notify the landowners,” Rozell added.

The town’s desire to monitor the work of private companies finds its genesis in a conflict which occurred between Whitehall residents and communication giant Spectrum earlier this year.

 

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