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Tim Hortons passes on Oswego Street location

— Ever since Burger King closed its restaurant at 7589 Oswego St. late last December, residents have been hoping for Tim Hortons Café and Bakeshop to open up there. The Canadian coffee shop chain applied to take over the prime village property, and the village planning board gave Hortons its full approval.

This summer, however, after Hortons took a closer look at village traffic patterns, the café chain simply withdrew its application.

You might think prospective businesses would be pleased to know that more than 35,000 vehicles use Oswego Street every day. The problem is that, because Oswego Street is a four-lane road, too few of those thousands of motorists ever bother to stop at the businesses and bistros.

“The width of the road works against us in working to develop business on Oswego Street,” said planning board Chairman Joe Ostuni, Jr. “We’ve tried to talk to the county about it because Route 57 is a county road. For instance, the overhead signs there only contribute to the high volume traffic flow.” Ostuni is seeking ways to slow down the traffic along the village’s main street.

“Tim Hortons’ decision indicates that they found the traffic environment uninviting,” Ostuni said. He hopes another, more fearless proprietor soon moves in to the former Burger King. “As it is, it’s a real gap in our village business district,” Ostuni observed.

Town vs. terrorism

As noted in last week’s column, at their Sept. 17 meeting Liverpool village trustees declined to renew the village’s decade-long insurance policy covering us in case of terrorist attacks. In so doing, trustees saved $600.

Turns out that the town of Salina — wisely perhaps — continues to carry coverage against terrorism paying some $1,200 annually for the policy, according to town Supervisor Mark Nicotra.

One of the world’s leading global defense firms, Lockheed Martin, has a large plant located in the town between Vine Street and Electronics Parkway less than a mile from the village.

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