Last Monday the Marcellus Town Board approved the construction of a community bulletin board in front of town hall. The sign, valued at around $5,000, was a gift from the Olde Home Days Parade Committee and will be used to publicize events as well as village and town board meetings.
Town and village officials hope to have the sign up in time to announce the Olde Home Days Parade, an annual event that runs for the first weekend of June. Mayor John Curtin, who has been treasurer for the Olde Home Days Committee since it started in 1995, said he would be installing the frame this week.
"It's going to be nice," said Town Supervisor Dan Ross. "We're going to make a little pocket park out of it with some benches, and anyway we can communicate community events, that's a good thing. It's nice and we thank the Old Home Days Committee for all their work to pay for it."
Ross said town employees will put down a porous surface made of recycled tires that will decrease storm water run-off in the village.
"We're doing what we can to cut down on our storm water," he said.
The Olde Home Days Committee has helped fund a variety of local projects since 2002, when donated $3,000 to the village for repairs to the Marcellus Clock and $2,000 to the Friends of Marcellus Park for maintenance and upkeep.
Funds have varied depending on the weather, but 2010 was another successful for the parade, allowing the committee to donate the sign and several smaller donations totaling $1,025.04, including: $500 to the Marcellus High School Band, $171.04 for the purchase of a new village flag, $250 to the American Legion Post for repairs to the Veterans Monument at the Point, and $104 for the Marcellus Mural Committee to make prints and postcards of the mural created by Marcellus students, the selling of which will be used to finance the next mural.