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Coffee with Baldwinsville's Mayor: South Shore East Trail

Baldwinsville Mayor Joseph Saraceni met with Messenger Editor Erin Wisneski last Tuesday at Big Mama’s Restaurant to chat about what’s new in the village. Steve Darcangelo, the village’s newly appointed engineer, and Michael Randall, a 60-year resident of Baldwinsville, joined them for coffee and a discussion focusing on the South Shore East Trail.

On Oct. 6, the Baldwinsville Board of Trustees appointed Steve Darcangelo as the village engineer. He took over for Tim Baker, who retired Oct. 5. The two worked side by side during the summer providing Steve with a transition period.

During coffee, Steve said he lives in Radisson and worked for Plumley Engineering for 10 years, which provided him with experience with the village as he worked on village projects during that time including development of the business district and Paper Mill Island.

“I’ve come in with no true municipal experience, but I have plenty of municipal design experience both with the village and other municipalities,” he said.

“The village is excited to have Steve on board. His background matches up beautifully with what we have going on in the village,” Joe said. “Steve’s a doer.”

When asked what village project he is most excited about, Steve said the Southshore East Trail and connecting Community Park with the village.

“Community Park is a beautiful park, very underutilized. I think this project will increase visibility. It’s a nice park,” he said.

“It’s just far enough outside the village that people don’t use it,” added Mike Randall, who joined us for coffee.

Steve added that the park currently doesn’t have easy access for kids because of road, but a pedestrian path will change that.

Mayor Joe Saraceni said the path won’t be the only new thing at the park. The village recently added new bathrooms to the park, thanks to Community Development Funds, and he plans to hold a series of ribbon cutting ceremonies to recognize those accomplishments – completion of the path, installing new bathrooms and increasing access to the park.

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