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Baldwinsville: South Shore Trail faces hurdle

The South Shore East Trail has another hurdle to clear.

The trail has been partially funded through a grant obtained by the village. The grant, however, requires the trail connect the village to Lion's Community Park, which means a pedestrian bridge has to be built over a feeder creek between the village and the park.

A couple of months ago, village officials came to the conclusion it would be more cost effective to connect the village with Lion's Community Park by using an existing stone archway over a narrower part of the creek. Using the existing bridge would also reduce the chances of damaging wetlands along the river.

The village hired QPK to assess the soundness of the bridge. According to Baldwinsville Highway Superintendent Claude Sykes, QPK determined the stone arch was not worth saving or reconstructing. Instead, QPK plans to span the bridge with another bridge and use piles for support. Sykes also said the trail would require construction of another bridge over a washed out area in the right of way.

Trustee Joe Saraceni confirmed saying, "There is a section of 70 feet that is missing."

The village still needs permission from National Grid to use the right of way. The estimated cost for both bridges was $120,000.

Other Boards in brief

Students may design village property

The village may have the opportunity to utilize 24 interior design students to design a plan for the old Harrington Firehouse and surrounding area.

According to Trustee Joe Saraceni, Peter Crissey of Crissey Architectural Group teaches a course at Syracuse University at the School of Interior Design. Crissey offered to have each student create a plan as part of a class project. The project would be free of cost for the village and would provide 24 different concepts of the area.

If the village decides to take the offer, Saraceni said Crissey's class next semester would tackle the project with results sometime in late January.

Planning board vacancy filled

Robin Augello was appointed by Mayor Dan O'Hara to fill a Baldwinsville planning board vacancy. Augello also serves as a member of the Architectural Review Board for the village.

For more Baldwinsville news, check out the Baldwinsville Messenger.

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