Seventeen more homes will be built in the Sun Meadows development along Downer Street.
Village officials approved a request from Bill Price of Pooler Development to allow a curb cut onto Meigs Road, which would allow the developer to create an emergency access only from the development onto Meigs Road. Price's request was a condition that the county and town said must be met before construction could begin.
Price said the emergency access road would consist of a gravel drive approximately 20 feet wide to provide an alternative access for emergency vehicles into the development should Downer Street become blocked. He added that several area fire departments had been notified and are comfortable with the proposal. Posts would be installed in the road so the public would be unable to drive through it.
"I think it's a reasonable request, in my mind," said Mayor Joseph Saraceni.
Officials are still in the process of developing an intermunicipal agreement between the village of Baldwinsville and the town of Van Buren regarding a fully accessible road from Sun Meadows onto Meigs Road. Should the municipalities reach an agreement, Sun Meadows could add 54 homes rather than just 17, which would bring the development to full capacity.
Before a fully accessible road can connect Meigs Road to the development, Meigs Road needs to be improved to handle additional traffic from town residents (a cost the developer is willing to cover) and maintained thereafter by the town since town residents would be putting wear and tear on the road. The problem is the town doesn't own the road and therefore cannot make improvements to or maintain it without approval from the village.
Five of the six present village officials voted in favor of the curb cut. Trustee Bruce Stebbins voted against it and Trustee Melinda Shimer was not present.