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COLUMN: Infrastructure projects set to begin

— As we officially put the winter weather behind us, our focus in county government turns to the needs of our infrastructure and planning for a very short construction season. At our April committee meetings, the Department of Transportation presented the 2012 Highway Plan for bridge, paving and roadway repair projects that will be performed this year. The Legislature also approved grant funding for municipalities under the Suburban Green Infrastructure Program. I am proud to report that Legislator Shepard and I were successful in supporting the Village of Baldwinsville as one of the grant recipients.

In the Town of Lysander, a number of highway and bridge projects will be underway this year. The Six Mile Creek bridge on Lamson Road was built in 1929. The existing concrete structure will be replaced with a new aluminum box culvert with prefabricated wing walls, upgraded guide-rail system and stone embankments for stabilization and to match the existing roadway. County roads to be resurfaced this year include Tater Road, Lamson Road (between County Line and Plainville roads) and Kellogg Road (between Smokey Hollow and Sixty roads).

The Suburban Green Infrastructure Program was established by the Legislature to encourage municipalities to reduce costly stormwater inflow and infiltration to our sanitary sewer system. The $492,023 SGIP grant will assist the village in reconstructing Lock Street with a pioneering bioretention center median designed to capture and direct more than seven million gallons of stormwater away from the sanitary sewer system.

While detailed updates on the Onondaga Community College budget, outsourcing management of the Oncenter complex and preparations for the county budget are coming soon, I wanted to conclude this update with a heartfelt “Thank You” to the people in our community who serve in the military, police and volunteer fire/EMS service. Recently, I had the honor of attending a memorial service to honor Onondaga County Sheriffs and volunteer firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty. In addition to being a wonderful tribute to these local heroes and the families they left behind, the service also provided a stark reminder of all we have to be grateful for in this country and in our community. I hope everyone will join me in sincere appreciation of the men and women who devote themselves to our safety, wellbeing and quality of life.

Brian May represents the first district in the Onondaga County Legislature, which includes the Town of Lysander and the western portion of the Town of Clay.

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