Canastota: Village, town share lighting project

The village and town plan to share expenses on getting the trees lit back up downtown. The village was told last year by National Grid that they could no longer run cords from their poles to the trees because of safety issues. The lights have been off ever since.

At a meeting between the village and the town held July 21, Mayor Todd Rouse said he asked the DPW to contact Jo-Jo Electric on running conduit in the existing concrete from Rotary Park, where power already exists, to the municipal building and then to Reflection Park. Power will then be run to each tree in the downtown area.

"The price quoted is around $30,000," Rouse said.

"Are you looking for financial support?" asked Councilwoman Grace Rapasadi.

"It's up to you," Rouse said.

"I personally think it should be a joint venture," said town Supervisor Rocky DiVeronica.

The village plans to plant yet another tree in Rotary Park before the Christmas holiday. Rouse said he would like the entire project complete this year.

DiVeronica said that if each municipality provided labor they could reduce the cost.

The town and village also plan to share expenses on replacing sidewalks in front of the municipal building.

DiVeronica said they can use concrete pavers and that way just replace them individually in the event one goes bad. The town will demolish the existing sidewalks and bid out the remaining work. DiVeronica said the town would get quotes.

Trustee Scott Rapasadi asked if the flower box could be removed.

DiVeronica said he would look into having flower pots used instead.

Discussed at length was the town's share of expenses to the fire department.

At a joint meeting held March 31, Rouse asked the town for an additional $30,000 a year to cover its share of fire calls. At that time Rouse reviewed calls made inside and outside the village during a four-year period. Town calls averaged 55, to 45 calls made within the village during the same time period. Rouse presented a breakdown analysis based on those four years. His numbers concluded the town's share should be around $110,000. The town currently pays about $77,000, shortfall of around $30,000.

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