The Homer Town Board, during its meeting Wednesday evening, learned the NYS Department of Transportation has approved reducing the speed limit on Cosmos Hill Road from 55 to 40 mph.
The town will put up the new speed limit signs as soon as Albany finishes the paperwork.
As for the south end of Cosmos Hill Road, the Town of Cortlandville recently repeated its request to the state to lower the speed limit from its current 40 mph.
At the Cortlandville Town Board meeting Wednesday evening, the Supervisor read a letter of denial from the DOT. The Supervisor and Deputy Supervisor told the board that they appealed the decision during a recent, 90 minute meeting with DOT staff, and area State Senator Jim Seward.
Town leaders say Seward told them he planned to share his concern with DOT managers.
Other business in Homer:
- The towns of Homer and Virgil and the City of Cortland are hiring a shared assessor and the board learned that candidate interviews are next.
- Homer Town Historian Martin Sweeney reported that a collector may donate some of his possessions to the town, three prized items linked to favored sons William Stoddard and Francis Carpenter.
- Historian Sweeney also reported to the Board that donations are coming in for the Homer Lincoln Memorial project. Supervisor Fred Forbes told the Board he has started researching how the town might insure the valuable artifacts.
- A public hearing will be scheduled on town law regarding the use of solar energy.
- Discussions between the town and village of Homer on to learn the impact of a potential merger DPW departments are proceeding. Both departments regularly support each other. The departure of the village DPW manager provided an opportunity to consider a change. Board members agreed that if any management change was agreed upon, it will not occur before the end of the current term of the elected Town DPW Superintendent.
- The Board’s bridge committee reported that it does not expect any projects this year, and that discussions between the town and village are “cooperative.”