Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:25
Village of Fredonia officials rejected another claim last week for repairs to a road-jolted vehicle, but hoped the worst days of Fredonia Avenue’s patchwork paving job are behind them.
Officials announced at last Thursday’s Village Board meeting that pulverizing of the pavement from Highland Avenue to Edmaro Street was scheduled to begin the next day.
Before that, however, resident Tom Hagel appeared before trustees asking that a friend be reimbursed for a broken coil spring on her late-model minivan.
“It is like driving on a washboard. It is dangerous,” Hagel said.
He brought in the broken spring to show there was no wear or rust on the part.
Village President Chuck Lapicola said he realized the temporary patching job on Fredonia Avenue made driving a challenge, but indicated the village is in no position to cover repairs to private vehicles.
“I have no reason to doubt you, but we have no way of telling if you had a defective part. We have a responsibility to all of our citizens to spend the village’s money wisely,” Lapicola said.
“How can we, in all fairness, tell everyone to come in if they have a claim for repairs. If we give money to someone, it is something we have to do to everyone else.”
The patching job was done late last fall, a process that was complicated by an early freeze that made the hot asphalt difficult to work with.
“I promise it is going to be better,” Lapicola said.
Trustee Don Dohrwardt, village president-elect, said a little more patience is needed from people driving through the village.
“If you have to drive 10 or 15 mph, that is perfectly legal,” Dohrwardt said.
“There won’t be any bumps when the pavement is ground off, but then there won’t be any road, either.”
Village Marshal Mike Davel told trustees a speed board would be positioned on Martin Drive, the recommended detour route, throughout much of the construction period.
The department will be watching for speeders along the detour route, Davel said.