Marcellus to apply for community development grant

Marcellus' parks system was a hot topic of conversation at the town board's workshop Thursday evening.

The meeting started off with a public hearing, a necessary step the board needed to take in order to apply for community development funds. Supervisor Dan Ross said the funding will go toward renovating the bathrooms at Marcellus Park. The town is seeking $77,800. The total cost of the project is $103,750.

"They're in dire need of some upgrades to allow for better handicap accessibility and [for] the eldery," Ross said.

In a letter to Ross, the Friends of Marcellus Park president Pam Carey said the organization is in support of the project and will offer any assistance they may be able to provide.

The facilities have not been updated in more than 40 years and are not currently handicapped accessible.

"As these are the primary toilets for the majority of the park, they sustain high usage," Carey stated in the letter. "While the routine maintenance done by park employees is outstanding, the fact remains that the fixtures and interior surfaces are badly in need of replacement."

According to Carey, when the new playground area was put in, there was great effort made to assure children with disabilities would be able to use the facilities. The park is also visited by numerous senior citizens and improvements to the bathroom facilities would also help to serve those community members.

No residents spoke for or against the application. The board voted to move forward with applying for the community development funding through Sen. John DeFrancisco's office.

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