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Street parking by Blue Canoe restaurant in Erieville won’t change

Town board takes no action to limit parking to one side of North Lake Road

— On top of the resident turnaround, Erieville Fire Commissioner Dale Marland told the board that there is no issue with fire trucks and equipment navigating North Lake Road as it currently exists with parking on both sides. This prompted LaGorga to say, “What started this [parking conversation] was a letter from the fire department saying there’s a concern. Are you now saying this is not true?” Marland said there has not been an issue “yet,” but it was possible that the largest fire truck might have a “tight squeeze” going through the road on a busy night.

Deputy Supervisor Mike Costello, who ran the meeting in the absence of Supervisor Roger Bradstreet, who was out of town, made a motion to vote on the original plan to prohibit parking on the north side of the road. Since no member of the board offered to second the motion, the motion died. This means that for now parking remains legal on both sides of North Lake Road, although the board intends to address the issue again at its regular October meeting.

One result of the board’s meeting and failure to pass a parking law is a resultant liability to the town should anyone park on the north side of North Lake Road and become injured by falling into the large drainage ditch on that side. During the public hearing, board members and residents both brought up the concern that the north side has a large drop-off into a culvert right off the road shoulder, which could cause people injury if they fell. This was mentioned as one major reason that parking on the north side should be prohibited.

After the failed board resolution vote, Town Attorney Jim Stokes advised the board and the audience that now that the issue of the possible danger posed by the north side ditch has been publicly raised, if anyone were to become injured because of that it could result in a lawsuit against the town.

Also at the meeting, the board approved the purchase of a six-camera security system for the town office building from Weldon Entertainment at a cost of approximately $800, and approved a contract with Nick W. Zupan and Sons sand and gravel for winter road sand at $6.50 per yard.

The board also announced that at its Oct. 10 meeting expert hydrologist and engineer Don Lake will make a presentation about stormwater drainage issues and remediation possibilities around Tuscorora Lake.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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