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Lenox: Town takes lead on new signage

After five years of trying to get four signs repaired or taken down, Trustee Ann Marie Rossi has finally seen some action.

Rossi, who represented the Canastota Beautification Committee and Chamber of Commerce, Vic Kopnitsky, president of the Lions Club and Peter Finocchairo, on behalf of the Rotary Club attended the town board meeting April 14 to give each respective clubs position on the fate of the signs.

"The whole issue boils town to somebody has to take ownership of these signs," Rossi said. "The village doesn't own them, the town doesn't take care of them; no one owns or takes care of these signs. They need to be repaired or torn down if not fixed right. For five years I've been working on this. Somebody has to take responsibility for fixing or repairing them."

Kopnitsky said the Lions Club was interested in keeping the signs and said the club is willing to contribute funds to the project. He also said that it was the club's understanding that years ago funding for the signs was turned over to the village Beautification Committee in hopes that the signs would be taken care of.

Finocchairo said the Rotary Club also was interested in helping financially with the project.

The project was spearheaded nearly two decades ago by the Canastota Lions Club. Four service clubs, the Canastota Lions Club, the Civic Club, Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce paid to have four signs erected at the four gateways into the village. Each club has one panel with its logo and when it meets each month listed on the panel.

Three of the signs are located within the town of Lenox; two on Route 5 and one heading south outside the village on Oxbow Road. The only sign located in the village is on the corner of Route 13 and Warners Road.

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