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Parishville man wants sidewalk work completed before bicentennial

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PARISHVILLE - The town of Parishville continues preparation for their bicentennial celebration in two months and with the expected influx in visitor, sidewalk safety is becoming a concern.

Jerry Hayes, School Street, told town officials Tuesday that he is worried about sidewalk conditions throughout the town.

“Are we going to do anything with the sidewalks?” he asked.

“We talked about that in the past. Obviously it is a problem and even the recreation committee thought that overal, the sidewalks are something that should be looked into also,” Councilwoman Kari Tremper said.

While the town’s exact establishment date was in March, the majority of festivities will take place from July 24 to July 26.

A parade, antiques car show and fireworks are among the activities on the agenda for the weekend.

Town Supervisor Rodney G. Votra told Mr. Hayes that the town will be looking into sidewalk improvements sooner rather than later.

“I think it should be done before the (bicentennial.) Somebody’s going to get hurt on these sidewalks and there’s going to be a lawsuit,” Mr. Hayes said. “There are some bad ones down in front of my place where all it is is stone now. I’m about ready to tear it up and put it in the lawn.”

Ms. Tremper said that she will look into discussions regarding infrastructure improvements in the near future.

“We’ll see what we can do. (Highway Superintendent Patrick Remington), (Mr. Votra) and I will be talking with some people about getting some work done,” she said.

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