Sidewalks, recreation and flooding addressed
By Margo Frink
(Canastota, NY – July 2012) There were several items on the agenda for a joint meeting between the village of Canastota and the town of Lenox held July 9 at the Municipal Building.
Lenox Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica said there is a problem with flooding for residents living south of Hickory Street to Route 5. He said there were miscalculations with water flow in the design of the bridge on Hickory Street between Main and Peterboro streets. He asked the village board to adopt a resolution to send letters to the state Department Environmental Conservation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency addressing those findings.
Councilman Anthony Palamara said he recalled the dispute with flow “way back” and the village did not want to pursue engineers.
“It’s been 12 years since that report,” Palamara said.
Deputy Mayor Scott Rapasadi said he wanted the village to have time to review the report before proceeding. No action was taken.
After its sidewalk study, the village has deemed approximately 7,000 linear feet of sidewalks to be replaced and has plans to notify those homeowners. The first concentration will be on Main Street of the village’s five plus years plan to have sidewalks repaired.
According to Clerk Catherine Williams, homeowners are only asked to repair what is deemed bad. If only one square is bad, they will only be asked to repair that one square, she said.
The town highway department has offered to help with excavation and removal of cement for this year only. DiVeronica said they cannot commit for another five to seven years.
“I can’t promise beyond that but I will continue has long as [Highway Superintendent Salvadore] Tony [Cesario] and I are here.”
Mayor Carla DeShaw said the board wanted to figure a way to reduce the homeowner’s fee portion of 50 percent but if the town can’t provide help every year than it won’t be fair to everyone.
“We have to follow code anyway,” DeShaw said.
The village is seeking a Safe Routes to School grant to help with costs.
DiVeronica said the town wants a complete list of people who are utilizing the parks and recreation program.
Last year, former Mayor Todd Rouse recalculated fees for the town of Lenox and Lincoln based on the number of residents living within those towns who utilize the parks program. The residents list was supplied by the Canastota School District. Both towns received increases to the program, however, the town of Lincoln had already passed its budget and couldn’t come up with the additional $14,000. Lincoln had previously paid $2,500 a year for the parks program.
“We’ve been subsidizing Lincoln and Sullivan for years,” DiVeronica said. “Sullivan should subsidize those kids through their program.”
DeShaw said one of the issues is about seven or eight people utilizing some of the programs live outside of Lincoln and Lenox but reside within the school district. They only participate in charter programs like Little League and pay their dues but play on village fields, said Village Administrator Larry Carpenter.
“It’s reciprocal,” DeShaw said.
Carpenter said Lincoln recognizes they haven’t been paying their fair share and acknowledges that 14 percent is fair but they’re not sure if they can continue paying. The village is expected to receive two payments from them in January, he said.
Members of the school district and village board, including the mayor recently visited the village of Lyons to tour its school district’s bus garage, which is leased out and shared by three entities.
DeShaw acknowledged the town’s “critical” need for a new roof on its highway building and said it would take three to five years for a facility like the one in Lyons to come to fruition in Canastota, but asked the town board if its highway department would be willing to share a building with the village’s DPW.
DiVeronica said the concept was good but wasn’t sure if the cost would fit the town’s budget or its timeframe.
“Say we were to find funding,” DeShaw asked. “Are you interested?”
“Yes, if it’s suitable and affordable,” DiVeronica said.
DeShaw said she was told shared services funding is available.
“Would the village be interested in leasing us space?” Palamara asked.
“We can do something now and wait for the school to be ready,” DeShaw said.
There were plans to expand the DPW building on Canal Street but DeShaw asked Carpenter to wait until a needs assessment can be done.
Margo Frink is vice president of M3P Media LLC and publisher of the Madison County Courier. She can be reached at email@example.com or 315-481-8732.