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Homer Village Meeting: Parking Changes, Byrne Dairy & Route 11

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Homer’s Village Board of Trustees unanimously approved several parking changes last night (February 11), including the removal of restrictions that were in place during school hours along Meadow Drive, as well as on South William and Bartlett Streets from Cayuga to James Street.

Mayor Hal McCabe said these codes are from well before the high school constructed parking lots and are no longer needed.

Other changes included the limitation of all parking in front of the Homer Village Green on Main Street from “all day” to “two hours.” Spots in front of the post office were also limited to 30 minutes.

Additionally, village officials voiced another reminder to residents and visitors about the on-street parking restrictions during snowfall events, in light of a Winter Weather Advisory for Cortland County running from 7:00 this evening until Noon tomorrow (Feb. 12-13).

Police Chief Bob Pitman also said snow from driveways and sidewalks shouldn’t plowed into the roadway, adding that if it’s unavoidable it should at least be cleared to avoid a potential fine.

Byrne Dairy

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Another Byrne Dairy presentation was also delivered at last night’s meeting by Executive Vice President Christian Brunelle, who told the board that his initial meetings with residents have come a long way.

Specifically, he referred to progress made since a January 28th meeting with those living along Nixon Avenue, which borders the proposed site on its eastern edge.

“At the beginning it was a little rough, but by the end it had morphed tremendously” Brunelle said. “I didn’t want to do a site plan until I heard all of their thoughts…I also assured they could call me on my cell phone with any issues they end up experiencing, which they warmed up to.”

Feedback from residents has so far included concerns over increased traffic at the intersection, along with noise, lighting and landscaping in the area.

Brunelle addressed each point in a detailed site plan he distributed to the board, which was later unanimously referred to the village planning board and county legislature for further approvals.

If it passes through both of those entities, the proposal would then be sent to a public hearing on a later date.

Route 11

Village officials also announced last night the end of their eminent domain bid regarding the linear park proposal, which seeks to reconstruct and beautify the Route 11 corridor along the Tioughnioga River between Homer and Cortland.

Mayor Hal McCabe said an agreement was reached with the property owner facing that acquisition, which now moves that project forward with three signed purchase agreements.

Stay tuned with WXHC News for coverage along the way.

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