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Mohawk says no to funding request

December 14, 2012
ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

MOHAWK - Town officials said at their meeting Thursday they will not contribute funds to study the feasibility of building a highway connector from the Thruway to Johnstown.

According to Mohawk Supervisor Greg Rajkowski, Fulton County Board of Supervisors Chairman Michael F. Gendron sent a letter to all the towns in Montgomery County seeking assistance from towns to pay for the highway study.

Jim Hoffman, a member of the Town Board, asked how the study would help the town of Mohawk.

"They are the ones who stand to gain by having this arterial going up to Fulton County," Hoffman said.

"I think it would be a waste of our taxpayer's money," board member Tony Bruno said.

Rajkowski said the study would find the best route for the highway, and estimate the effect of the highway on quality of life and property value.

"This study would tell you all that," he said, but he was unsure how long it would take.

Hoffman said there are concerns about more traffic coming through Fonda.

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 10 authorized a $400,000 grant agreement with the federal government to conduct a feasibility and preliminary design study for development of the connector highway.

Fulton County Planning Director James Mraz has said Fulton County has three options if Montgomery County rejects paying its $50,000 share - the county could reject the grant, get "another partner" to put up the money or pay Montgomery County's local share itself.

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