Canastota: DOT says no to digging up sidewalks

The state Department of Transportation said "no" to digging up the sidewalks in the village to run conduit for lighting of its downtown trees. Apparently there are wires that sit just below the sidewalks. According to Mayor Todd Rouse, the village has brought in from China lights for those types of trees that are solar.

"We are going to try it," Rouse said. "If it works, so be it. If it doesn't, they are going to stay dark."

In the meantime, another tree will be planted in Rotary Park, decorated and ready for the tree lighting ceremony next month. This tree has been stabilized, taken out of the ground and wrapped.

Traffic flow doesn't seem to be a problem on South Peterboro Street, despite being down to one lane due to waterline replacement. However, village administrator Larry Carpenter said there have been complaints about the condition of that one lane. It seems to be rough on automobiles traveling on it. It has been suggested for motorists to take an alternate route, if possible. Carpenter said he would make a call about the situation.

Village Trustee AnnMarie Rossi said the Loaves and Fishes program, which serves a hot meal to 69 to 100 people during the last full week of every month, must be one of the village's best kept secrets. The program recently celebrated 20 years. Loaves and Fishes serves at the United Methodist Church on Center Street.

Canastota artists Carl Raineri donated another painting to the village. A frame has been ordered by the village for less than $150 and when it's complete the painting will be displayed in village hall.

The village applied for a NYSERTA grant on the waste water treatment facility. The grant is a fifty-fifty split of $400,000. The village's contributions come through energy savings. It would mean an $800,000 deduction in costs.

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