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Village board begins to limit charity races on village streets

— Trustee Mary Sennett said she opposed the request, stating she had talked to several residents along the route and they were “lukewarm” about the idea of their streets being closed on a summer Friday night. She suggested the race be held in Austin Park instead, which would eliminate road closure necessities.

Trustee Jim Lanning said he also was concerned with starting a precedent whereby the board must approve every race requested in the village, which would constantly create traffic, safety and road closure issues. “I think we should start to steer these off the village streets,” he said. “[Austin] Park is there, let’s use it.”

Mayor Hubbard also voiced a concern about the board starting a bad precedent by approving the Endurance Monster request, as did Trustee Sue Jones. Jones said she would support one charity run per year by Endurance Monster that required closed streets, but no more, and if the store wanted also to have its Halloween “Monster Mash” run down Fennell Street in the fall, she would not support that request if she supported this one.

The trustees ultimately agreed that while they would like to support the requested Endurance Monster run – because its intent is to raise money for the local community — they were concerned about the route down village streets. No decision was made, but Trustee Marc Angelillo, who has been the contact person with Endurance Monster on this, was tasked to have further discussions with the store owners about alternate routes for the proposed run.

Also at the meeting, the board:

—Held a public hearing on the critical impact usage of Cider Mill Properties, at 9 East Genesee St. The building has been vacant for about one year, and the owner is seeking a broader critical impact approval for first floor usage in order to attract possible lessees. The village planning board previously approved five space usages on the second floor — professional, healthcare, general office, retail and personal service — and two usages for the first floor, retail and personal service. Architect Robert Eggleston said the owner would like to have health care/medical office space for the first floor as well.

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