Baldwinsville Mayor Joseph Saraceni met with Messenger Editor Erin Wisneski last Tuesday at Cottage Restaurant to chat about what’s new in the village. Michael Randall, a 60-year resident of Baldwinsville, joined them for coffee and a discussion focusing on village infrastructure.
Michael Randall started last Tuesday’s conversation with a discussion about the railroad crossing on Oneida Street in the village.
“It’s terrible. For a while I thought I was the only person who crept across those railroad tracks,” he said, adding he watched four vehicles behind him one day do the same as him. “Every single one of them crept across.”
The mayor told Mr. Randall he had contacted CSX in the past to look at the rough road at the railroad crossing, and would follow up with them again.
Mr. Randall also talked about Smokey Hollow Road, which he said is no longer full of potholes, but little speed bumps.
“I’m sick and tired of bouncing up and down the road,” he told the mayor.
“We’ve been told we’re on a list for road construction,” Joe said about the NYS Department of Transportation, noting they recently oiled and stoned Syracuse Street.
Joe noted other road construction projects the village has completed this year including resurfacing Downer Street from Seneca Street to M&T Bank, as well as finishing up phase 4 of the sidewalk rehabilitation project, which to date has replaced approximately seven miles of sidewalks in the village.
One project that has been postponed is the removal of a hill in Meigs Road. Joe said the DPW wants to tackle the project when the sidewalk is built along the stretch of road and should be done sometime in the spring.
He went on to mention a Save the Rain grant the village received this year to turn Lock Street into a boulevard with a rain garden to catch run off water to prevent it from draining into the river.