Canastota: Historical markers spark interest

Village Historian David Sadler may have sparked some interest in the community by securing three historical markers recently. Local resident Ross Stagnitti approached the board March 3 with a suggestion for another marker in the village.

"There are none on Main Street," Stagnitti pointed out.

Historical markers currently in the village and town include the Lenox Anti-Slavery marker at Quality Hill on Route 5, the Amelia Earhart dedication marker at the entrance to the business park on Dominick Bruno Boulevard and most recently the marker placed near the municipal building on Peterboro Street to commemorate the Great Auto Race of 1908.

Stagnitti suggested the board look into a marker being placed near the birth place of International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Carmen Basilio at 211 North Main Street.

Mayor Todd Rouse said he also would like to see a marker placed near the former location of the Lenox Memorial Hospital on Main Street.

Information Stagnitti submitted will be given to the village historian for further review, Rouse said.

In other news

The board approved police Chief James Zophy's request to replace part-time Officer Michael Corbin, who is currently inactive with James Gleasman Jr., a 16-year veteran who comes to the department on a recommendation from the Camden Police Department.

The board received a letter from the Industrial Development Agency that it is seeking tax exemption on the building located at 3215 Seneca Turnpike, the former Bailey, Haskell & LaLonde building.

Town liaison to the community Recreation Commission Margaret Romer has stepped down, citing a personal issue. Village liaison, Mark Garner, has moved to the town of Lenox and will replace Romer, which leaves an open position on the village's Recreation Commission.

The board approved payment of $35 to be sent to the Canastota Chamber of Commerce for table rental during the business expo.

The board will meet again at 7 p.m. March 17.

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