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Canastota: CSX nearly done with clean-up

All that's left on the railroad tracks after the CSX train derailment last month is some scrap metal, which should be cleaned up within the next 30 days. Mayor Todd Rouse said CSX plans to restore the adjacent bike path and they may pave it.

"They also may widen it on the James Street side to accommodate snowmobiles," Rouse said.

CSX has allowed the village to paint the overpass at Peterboro Street green and maroon and add the words Canastota.

"And they may participate," Rouse said.

Rouse said the banks cannot be disturbed in anyway but CSX has given the village permission to plant flower beds on the banks if they choose to.

The mayor and CSX officials also discussed the parking lot behind the fire department. In past years CSX has offered to rent the lot to the village for $5,000 a year. Rouse said the village may be able to work out a more "economical agreement" with CSX, although CSX requires a right-of-way.

Expenses to the village due to the train derailment were minimal, Rouse said. The fire department spent less than $100 and the DPW spent even less. A dollar amount for the police department is forthcoming.

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