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Cicero board looks at East Taft, Totman roads again

— At the Cicero Town Board meeting on Wednesday, July 25, the Board voted in favor of adopting a resolution to support a proposal that is to go before the County Legislature. The proposal lays out improvements for the intersection between East Taft Road and Totman Road, and it calls for Onondaga County funds to be put towards these improvements. The intersection was the site of a fatality in February, and it has long been a concern of residents living in the area.

Leanne Schaefer, 51, of 3 Donald Place, Salina, was stopped and facing east on East Taft Road waiting to turn left onto Totman Road, when her car was hit from behind by a Pontiac Grand Prix on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The impact drove Schaefer’s car across the road and into a ditch. Rescue workers had to pry off the vehicle’s door to remove Schaefer. She succumbed to her injuries on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

The proposal to make changes to the intersection is following an atypical procedure. Normally such a project would have to go through a specific budget process but because of the light winter, there is extra funding available to put towards road improvements.

Kathy Rapp from the Onondaga County Legislature, in whose district the intersection falls, attended the meeting and spoke about the possible forthcoming improvements with the support of other community members behind her.

“We took three or four months to do a study of what the most affective improvement would be,” Rapp said “It was determined that the best thing would be to widen the road a little bit and put in a left turn lane, which has shown to reduce accidents by about 50 percent. Having a support resolution from the town will be very helpful for when I take it to the county legislature next week, and I encourage you to support it if you can.”

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