Chittenango: agencies unite

Local government leaders had a brief opportunity to talk about projects and accomplishments around the town of Sullivan at the Chittenango Rotary Club after-Christmas party Jan. 9 to which members of the Greater Sullivan Chamber of Commerce also were invited.

Mayor Bob Freunscht talked about the completion of the state's road reconstruction project that had the village in chaos for the past two summers and said plans to fill some of the empty business structures downtown are in the works.

"Thank you, thank you, thank you for your donation," Freunscht said to Rotarians for the group's $25,000 donation that paid for a village clock in front of Village Hall. "We're also working with the Chamber on the downtown construction. The banner project is well underway with about half of the banners up."

Freunscht said the wooden poles are owned by National Grid, and the village awaits permission to hang the banners on those poles. They are installed on village-owned lampposts now.

"We're going to extend those further down and install them at the village gateways," Freunscht said. "We are working on two more designs."

Freunscht said the coming year will be one of promoting the assets of the community to attract business and residents.

"The [Chittenango Landing Canal Boat] Museum, Chittenango Falls and L. Frank Baum are some of those tremendous assets," Freunscht said. "The village and the Chamber also are working on a campaign right now called 'Shop Locally.' A lot of businesses suffered because of the road construction, so we want to bring in local business owners and get an idea of what we can do. We'll start in the business district and expand from there."

According to Freunscht, phase one of the Chittenango Creek Walk/Neighborhood Trails project will begin construction early this year.

"We still have some easements and other stuff to do for phases two and three," Freunscht said.

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