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Public hearing to discuss Hill St. to be held June 3

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - Updated: 7:26 PM


C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE -- The Canajoharie Village Board has scheduled a public hearing for 7 p.m., June 3, prior to the regular monthly meeting, to discuss making Hill St. a seasonal road.

Of Hill St., which joins Reed and Mill streets, Mayor Francis Avery said, "it's very steep to the point of being perpendicular." This year, there was an ice storm and a pickup truck went down Hill St. before the village was able to sand it, and the truck slid under a tractor trailer.

"Therefore," continued Avery, "I am proposing that the board have a public hearing at our next meeting in June and Hill St. be declared a seasonal street, closed from November 1 to April 15."

"It's not a critical street anymore -- it's a liability."

Trustee Ron Dievendorf stated, "in the event that when Hill St. is closed for six months a year, if there's a fire in houses on Mill St., south of there, the only way they have to get out is through Mill St. between the Arkell and Smith buildings," asking, "Is that going to be a problem?"

Avery said that Dievendorf's is a question that should be raised and discussed at the public hearing. Avery stated, "I'm simply concerned about ice and people sliding down the thing and ending up in the creek."

He said that the board will also seek the opinion of Fire Chief Frank Nestle prior to the public hearing. "I want public input," said Avery, noting that anybody interested in speaking about the issue should attend.


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