Sidewalks, curbs take priority in East Syracuse village plan

The East Syracuse Village Board unanimously approved to move forward with a five-year plan for village projects at its Feb. 2 meeting -- pending grant approval for each project scheduled. The plan prioritizes sidewalks, curbs and sewers for 2009 and 2010.

The board is working with WM Engineers, a Syracuse-based company, to handle the preparation and submission of the 2009 Community Development Grant Application.

The projects listed for each year leading up to 2013 involve Kinne Street sidewalks and curbs (2009), Worth Street Sewers (2010), Court resurfacing -- basketball and tennis (2011), nature trail (2012) and the spray park (2013).

Schools, funeral homes and St. Matthew's Church line Kinne Street, a popular roadway for pedestrians that, according to DPW Superintendent Ron Russell, requires sidewalk and curb attention. Board minutes note that Russell commented during the public hearing that curbs have been lost due to overlay and road buildup. Additionally, he said sidewalk improvements would benefit walkers and eliminate trip hazards.

Russell said he was also in favor of repairing Worth Street, adding that though it's a short block, reparations made would help with current flooding, drainage and infiltration problems.

Mayor Danny Liedka suggested work be done in phases, adding that residential sidewalk work may be done as part of the village's sidewalk program with a 50/50 split between property owners and the village.

The estimated cost for Kinne Street improvements is $175,000 -- plus; Worth Street project cost is estimated at almost $184,000. The village of East Syracuse will assume engineering costs related to the projects.

The board will next meet at 6 p.m. Monday Feb. 16 at the East Syracuse Municipal Building.

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