Marcellus: Residents respond to delay in road reconstruction

The reconstruction of Reed Street in Marcellus has seen significant delays. Marcellus Mayor John Curtin addressed the concerns of residents of Reed Street at the Aug. 23 Village Board meeting.

Curtin said the reconstruction would commence this week and estimated that the project would go into October.

Michael and Lynette O'Brien of 44 Reed St. asked if the village knew which trees were going to come down. Curtin was not aware of any trees currently marked for removal.

"We have a rather large pine in front of our house we were told it was going to come down," Michael O'Brien said. "The people who dug up the road in front of it whacked into it about five or six times, so it's bleeding sap all over."

Curtin said he would find out the status of the pine tree.

Following the meeting, Curtin said the village is currently finalizing an easement agreement related to work on the lower end of Reed Street before it can move forward. He said the contractor did some preliminary work last week, noting newly installed drainage systems and water and gas lines.

"They'll move fast once they get going," he said.

Curtin said the contractor working on Reed Street, Bat-Con, was responsible for the improvement of Reed Parkway.

"If you look at Reed Parkway, that's what Reed Street will look like," he said.

Legal agreement reached

A compromise has been reached with Tim Golick of 2 Reed Street in regards to the preservation of the Black Maple Tree.

"Mr. Golick has agreed to assume full responsibility and liability over this tree," Curtin said. "If in the future this tree needs to be removed because it has become a safety hazard the homeowner will be responsible for the cost of its removal as well as site restoration."

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