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RICHMOND - Residentâ€™s of Bucknam Road, Riverview and Fawn Drives in Alton were on hand at the Richmond Town Council meeting on Tuesday night, Oct. 4, to urge the council to take ownership of the roads and to open up Bucknam Road as a second means of egress for the neighborhood, which is located off of Route 91.
The roads are currently owned by Charbert Inc., a division of NFA Corp., and are the responsibility of the private company. However, the company has essentially disregarded the property in recent years, according to neighborhood resident Michael Pennacchia.
Charbert has offered the town of Richmond free title to own and maintain the roads, which the residents believe will be extremely beneficial. According to Pennacchia, nearly 90% of the residents of the roads signed a petition urging the town to accept ownership.
Residents say that during the Great Flood of 2010, the neighborhood was stranded and no emergency vehicles could get in because Riverview Drive was flooded, and Riverviewâ€™s access to Route 91 is the only means of egress for the neighborhood. The town was forced to open the private Bucknam Road during the flood, but, since the road has been closed for years, the conditions were poor, and many vehicles needed to be towed from it.
The residents are hoping the town accepts ownership and Bucknam Road can be reopened as a town road, providing the neighborhood with a second mean of egress and ingress.
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