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Wide Ranging Topics At June Homer Town Board Meeting

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The Homer Town Board met Wednesday night and heard from Kathy Arnold of Truxton on landowner concerns over the proposed NYSEG high voltage power lines proposed from Oakdale, near Binghamton, through Cortland County to Lafayette.

Arnold suggested there may be ways for the board to support landowner protection.

Gary Lawrence of the Little York Lake Association presented the town with petitions from neighbors who feel a stop sign is needed for Mt. View Drive. Asked about the seaweed/millfoil growth in Little York Lake, Lawrence relayed one cost estimate of $1.5 million to dredge it out.

Architect Randy Crawford reviewed the renovation plan to make room for the village at the Town Hall.

Also at the Homer Town Board meeting, a preliminary discussion about some private property currently part of the village of Homer, although it was separated from the rest of the village when Route 81 went through. As you might imagine, the isolation reduces the services provided by the village. The property owner is exploring if the town would annex the land, which could cut the tax bill. Board members will look into the suggestion, commenting that such a request is not unusual.

Supervisor Fred Forbes praised Mike and Pete McMahon, of E-Z Acres farm on Rt 41. The McMahons received the national Outstanding Dairy Farm in Sustainability award last month. The farm is situated over water supplies for Homer and part of Syracuse. Supervisor Forbes brought in the ten-inch thick groundwater protection plan for his farm, and said the E-Z Acres book is much bigger, which makes the achievement more impressive.

Forbes also raved about the work of Kevin Walsh from the Living History Center, who helped prepare the Memorial Day program at Glenwood Cemetery.

Pine St. Bridge, Homer

Wall St Bridge, Homer

Highway Superintendent John Phelps told Board members the signs will go up soon – signs on the Pine Street Bridge. Inspectors have closed that bridge over the river. Yes, it was shut down 7 or 8 years ago, for vehicles. Now, you’re not supposed to walk across it – that’d be trespassing.

Phelps said the Wall Street Bridge is getting to the point of having plans drawn up to replace it – and provide another way for fire trucks to get across the river.

In addition, Phelps said he’d like to get the Haights Gulf Rd Bridge replaced before school starts. The town expects it to cost about $100,000.

The board moved its July meeting to the tenth from the third, and set a public hearing for that night on the Community Block Development Grant program.

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