By Margo Frink

(Town of Lenox, Oct. 2012) At its Oct. 8 meeting, the Lenox Town Board unanimously agreed to allow town Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica to place a purchase offer of $5,000 on a canal boat that was built in 1911 in Baldwinsville and was used as a passenger boat on the Erie Canal.  The boat is owned by George Clarke of Oneida.

“This is a great opportunity and a great move for our town,” DiVeronica said, citing its educational and historical value to the community.

DiVeronica said Arnie Cerio is preparing a lease agreement – possibly 25 years – for the property across from the Erie Mill on Main Street as a place to display the boat when the time comes. Stipulations include blacktopping the space and providing snow removal. The restoration is three-quarters finished and BOCES has offered to finish the restoration work, DiVeronica said. And an offer to store the boat has been made until work can begin.

DiVeronica said he’s expecting donations toward the purchase and the plan is to display the boat in a similar fashion as the Watson Wagon is exhibited in the Skate Park on Peterboro Street.

Cheryl Cary, who was instrumental in bringing a proposal to the town to place a one-year moratorium on gas exploration, asked the board to write an appropriate road use plan in its zoning laws.

DiVeronica said the town did not have to get into road use law because it restricts construction companies. He said highway law requires a permit to “run the roads” and the better way to proceed would be to require gas companies to bond to pay for any road damages.

Cary was concerned that if needed the town would not include road damages to any bonding and end up in the situation that happened in the town of Lebanon. She said Lebanon bonded $300,000 and was only reimbursed $80,000 from Norse Energy.

DiVeronica said the town’s codes enforcement officer is reviewing the town’s ordinances and will continue until the moratorium is lifted.

The board approved a Local Law to override the state’s 2 percent tax cap on the 2013 budget due to the upgrades made on the South Shore Sewer District.  A public hearing on the 2012 budget has been scheduled for Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.

A resolution was passed to allow the supervisor to proceed with bonding $3.6 million at 4.35 percent interest for Water District 12. Once a commitment letter is received from USDA Rural Development, the town can proceed with the bidding process.

According to Councilman John Hadyk the Canastota Lions Club will celebrate 65 years this year. The board resolved that Nov. 11, 2012 is Canastota Lions Club Day.

Councilman Anthony Palamara said the Canastota Fire Department is in the process of researching the authenticity of a 14-foot chemical wagon that served the village before the 1900s. The wagon is located in the Albany area. The asking price is $2,500 and if it’s authentic, the department would like to purchase it for its historical value and showcase it for the community.

DiVeronica said the work on the highway barn is complete and crews are in the process of helping the village tear up sidewalks slated for replacement.

The town will hold a budget workshop Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. and a joint meeting with the village of Canastota following at 7 p.m.

Margo Frink is vice president of M3P Media LLC and publisher of the Madison County Courier. She can be reached at or 315-481-8732.


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