B'ville Boards: CWSC -- future Red Cross Shelter?

Should disaster strike, Baldwinsville residents could head to Canton Woods Senior Center for shelter.

At the Dec. 5 village board meeting, B'ville Meals On Wheels representative Jack Trexler proposed purchasing a generator for the Canton Woods facility to prevent Meals On Wheels food from spoiling in the event of a blackout. The B'ville Meals On Wheels operates out of the center.

"We've got money set for this and we are seeking grants," Trexler said.

Trexler added that MOW has received donations from clients and people who have passed away. With these funds, the group would like to purchase a generator for the Canton Woods facility.

Trexler said that with the generator, which would power the entire building, the American Red Cross would consider operating out of the facility for Baldwinsville residents in an emergency situation. Canton Woods has previously been considered as a Red Cross shelter, but lacked a generator to make it possible. Trexler has already spoken with the Red Cross and told the board the Red Cross would cover any liabilities through its insurance.

The unit the group is considering uses a controlled system that comes on automatically within five seconds of a power failure.

"I think it's a great opportunity," said Mayor Joe Saraceni.

Route 48 sidewalk

The village has received two estimates for building a sidewalk along Route 48.

Upon receiving a $50,000 grant for the project, the board has sought ways to use the grant without incurring a lot of costs upon the village. With the Baldwinsville Department of Public Works doing the preparation work and site grading, contract estimates have come in at $47,500 and $50,700.

The proposed sidewalk would extend from Chaucer Circle to the Smokey Hollow Plaza.

Village Engineer Tim Baker is working on the specifics of the program.

Public hearing

A public hearing regarding village codes, specifically inspecting and demolishing buildings, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday Dec. 20 at the village hall, 16 West Genesee St. in the village of Baldwinsville.

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