Coffee with Baldwinsville's Mayor - What to expect in 2013

Baldwinsville Mayor Joseph Saraceni and Van Buren Supervisor Claude Sykes met with Messenger Editor Erin Wisneski on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Canton Woods Senior Center to chat about what’s new in the village and town. Canton Woods seniors kept the conversation going with questions and concerns regarding village and town happenings.

Originally, Mayor Joe Saraceni, Van Buren Supervisor Claude Sykes and I were to meet in early December. However, I came down with a stomach bug the night before our meeting and asked our municipal leaders to reschedule with me after the holidays, in which they kindly obliged.

Having met in the New Year, I thought it prudent to ask what residents of the village and Town of Van Buren could expect in the coming year. The mayor began by announcing the village had received a $100,000 non-matching grant to put up signs commemorating the old Baldwin Canal and to celebrate the history of the area. According to Joe, City Lore, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to cultural heritage, approached the village about the grant and did most of the work to obtain it.

“This grant will help to showcase the history of the Baldwin Canal,” Joe said.

Joe also said the funding for the South Shore East Trail was granted an extension allowing work to continue until completed this spring. The village had recently requested an extension after running into some issues with properties owned by the New York State Canal Corporation where the trail will run through.

The village will finish work on Meigs Road, shaving approximately two feet off a knoll in the road (for better visibility) and adding a sidewalk from Golden Legacy Apartments to Downer Street for increased safety for residents of the area. Joe added phase four of the village sidewalk project is scheduled to begin in the spring and will be followed by phase 5, the last phase of the project, most likely in late summer.

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