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Canastota part of 'great race'

Town Historian David Sadler addressed the town board at its regular meeting Jan. 8 to discuss the current research he's been working on.

Sadler will place Canastota on the map once again as the location where racecar drivers stayed on the second day of the 1908 World Auto Race. The 22,000-mile race began in New York and ended in Paris. Sadler said an American won the race and holds a record that has never been broken, and the movie, "The Great Race," was based on the actual event.

Sadler said he would offer the board more information as he uncovers it.

Wise Road update

Wise Road residents Keith and Elizabeth Totten asked the board for an updated schedule on the town clean up on the property located across the street from them, which is owned by Christian Wells and inhabited by his father, Dale Wells.

The property owner on Wise Road has violated the town's property maintenance ordinance. The town has stepped in and will clean up the property at the owner's expense.

"Our lawyer will send a letter," said Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica.

"Why a letter, Rocky?" asked Elizabeth Totten.

"I've spoken with Mr. Wells," DiVeronica said. "But it's also been real muddy down there."

"Is that before he added a new truck?" Keith Totten asked. "He keeps bringing more things down."

Highway Superintendent Tony Cesario said that Wells was [ordered] to clean out one of his buildings.

"It's just frustrating. It was starting to look good and he's brought more stuff in," Elizabeth said.

"You've asked me to be patient and I have," Keith said.

"And I appreciate that," DiVeronica said. "But it took 20 years to put it there and it won't be cleared up overnight. We will revisit."

"He's never taken anything out," Keith said.

"We tried to clean the wood up and sunk right out of sight," Cesario said. "We will stay on it. We haven't forgotten."

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