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Legislature Approves County to Pay for Sidewalk Installation on Little York Lake Road

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During the Cortland County Legislative meeting last Thursday, Legislators approved spending up to $12,000 for the installation of a sidewalk on Little York Lake Road in the Town of Preble. Reasoning for the installation of the sidewalk has been cited as a safety concern, especially during large events at Dwyer Memorial Park, including the annual Independence Day Celebrations.


“This is solely a safety issue.”

Cortland County Legislature Chairman Kevin Fitch said.

Legislator Linda Jones brought up that she wished the project extended through the loop to the handicap spaces near the Main Pavilion at Dwyer Park, but agreed this is a good start regarding safety improvements in the area.

Still though, concerns were raised about why the County would be providing the funds for the installation of the sidewalk instead of the Town of Preble. Legislator Beau Harbin brought concerns of paying for a sidewalk alongside a road that the county itself does not own. He continued on saying other municipalities have asked the county in the past to help pay for sidewalk installation, which the county has not done.

The main reasoning behind the project coming to life came from the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office Legislator Ronald Vandee said. Noting during the annual Independence Day celebrations brings in a lot of foot traffic with an unfortunate incident two years ago in that stretch of road.

Work is expected to begin in the coming weeks weather permitting.

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