The town of Lenox agreed to give up 13.5 acres of property acquired by Madison County due to delinquent taxes. However, the large stones on the property still belong to the town.
According to Lenox Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica, the property, which is located on the south side of the canal and the north side of the railroad tracks near Wampsville, is a little more than 27 acres. About 14 acres is within the village of Canastota.
The county wants to keep the property, most of which is wetlands, to protect the nature of the area, DiVeronica said.
DiVeronica said the large stones could be used for restoration on the canal or wherever they may need them.
"It's already approved that we want to keep the rocks," DiVeronica said. "And we can leave them until we need them. The land is useless. It's too small, too narrow and too wet."
In other news
Town residents not happy with the way the county is plowing its roads, can call 366-2221. On the Lenox agenda for its Feb. 12 meeting was the county phone number. DiVeronica said if residents feel the county is not efficient enough plowing roads such Lewis Point Road, North Court Street, Roberts Street or other roads taken over by the county then the residents can take their complaints up with the county.
Paula Burnor, FFA advisor at the Canastota High School asked the Lenox board for help in site restoration for its greenhouse. With grant money, the school purchased a 22 by 36 square foot greenhouse. In a letter written to the board from Burnor, $8,000 is still needed to get the greenhouse up and useable.
The board decided to offer any site work as an "in-kind service" but held off on any monetary donation for now.
Help may arrive for several water districts that didn't meet the criteria to move forward. DiVeronica said with revisions and in hopes of getting some stimulus money four water districts may become a reality. Areas seeking water are North Court Street, Carter Road and Route 13, Bee Bee Bridge Road and New Boston Road.
The board will meet again March 9 at 7 p.m.