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Residents told not to call engineer about development

Apr 26, 2021 6:00 am

Andrea Macko is reporting for Porcupine Soup Durham town officials are urging anyone with comments on the pending Cornwallville housing development to submit them directly to them, and not the engineer. Town Attorney Tal Rappleyea [RAP-pl-yay] raised the subject at a meeting of the Durham Town Board, April 20. “We have hired an engineer and they are doing a really, really good job doing their review,” said Rappleyea. The firm, Lamont Engineers of Cobleskill, was selected by the town to examine the documents submitted by Bosque Development. The development in question includes a 95-acre subdivision that would include the construction of 12 new high-end homes and a farming operation. The property borders Strong Road to the east and Cornwallville Road to the west. The project was first proposed in December, bringing on an immediate outpouring of opinion from residents, many expressing opposition. In his comments April 20, Rappleyea said some residents have been contacting Lamont directly. He said that while public comment is helpful, that feedback must be submitted via the proper channels. Calling Lamont “...makes [the engineer’s] job a lot more difficult,” said Rappleyea, but “more importantly," comments not made directly to the town will not make it into the public record. “We need to make sure anything that anybody has to say or thinks is an issue is part of the public record,” he said. The town board has yet to make any decisions on the project and more presentations, as well as public hearings, will happen in the coming months. Read the full story at porcupinesoup [dot] com.