Storm damage to Jerusalem roads tops 120K

John Christensen

At the regular meeting of the Jerusalem Town Board, Highway Superintendent Robert Payne reported that the flooding from the April 27 storm has resulted in approximately $129,000 in road damage. Funds may be available from New York State Emergency Management Office and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The exceptionally wet spring has delayed normal projects, especially road shouldering and grading. East Bluff Drive has experienced some of the worst settling. Payne also reported an outbreak of Giant Hogweed in the area of Kinney’s Corners. This noxious weed resembles Queen Anne’s lace, to which it is related, but is highly photo-toxic; its sap causes a severe rash and blistering of the skin when exposed to even moderate sunlight.

Board Members Neil Simmons and Max Parson recently met with Keuka College administration. Simmons stated that Keuka represents 10 percent of the total value of the town. The college would like to discuss a possible sidewalk project in Keuka Park, and asks if it might be possible for representatives from the board meet with them regularly to facilitate communication between the town and the college.