LANCASTER, NY - The legal Battle of the Bridge is over between the village and town of Lancaster, and now the town will have to pay for it.
A judge ruled Thursday that the Lancaster Town Highway Department must handle the estimated $30,000 to $40,000 repair of the Erie Street bridge.
The town tried to stick the village with the bill by contending that the small bridge is actually a culvert which should fall under the village's responsibility.
Discussions with the town broke down so the village went to court, even though they say they didn't want to because of the legal costs.
Village Attorney Paul Weiss told us, "It's a functional equivalent of raising taxes by forcing the village to have to pay for litigation costs to have the town do what it was supposed to do to begin with."
The town will be expected to make the bridge repairs under a court order, a decision which may determine responsibility for future repairs.
The town's attorney says they are disappointed with the ruling but there was no mention of an appeal.