DANSVILLE — For the next several months, the intersections of Seward, Sophia and Clay Streets will be cut off to traffic due to a deteriorating culvert that passes underneath.
The Village board unanimously passed a resolution declaring the culvert unsuitable for traffic during its regular meeting March 20, and had a barricade in place the following morning.
“I think the final hair that broke the camel's back was the incident at Florida International University,” Mayor Peter Vogt said in a follow-up interview.
Once the board was made aware of how bad cracks in the culvert were, they knew they needed to take action quickly, though it is not being considered a true emergency.
“It's inconvenient,” Mayor Vogt said. “We don't know how fast we'll get to fixing it, but it's got to be done.”
Mayor Vogt estimates the project will get started in the summer when the weather is more cooperative, and is hoping to be finished by Fall. Permits need to be obtained through Army Corps of Engineers.
The mayor has applied for a Bridge NY grant, and is looking into other grants to help defer costs. In addition, the Village Highway crew will be working solely on this project, which alone will save the Village more than $100,000. The total project costs are estimated between $100,000 and $150,000. The remainder of what might not be covered in grants would come from the Village's fund balance, which is designated for problems that arise such as this.
In other business, the Board:
— Heard a proposal from David Luce on getting a pickleball court in Dansville. Pickleball has become the fastest growing sport in the U.S., and is beginning to make traction in Dansville. He and others have been playing in the tennis courts at Babcock Park, and would like to get a local league going. The board agreed to place two courts in the skateboard park on Red Jacket Street. Painting the lines of the court will be done by the highway department. Luce said he will manage setting up, tearing down and storing portable nets.
— Approved sending notices to all restaurants in the Village regarding the problem of grease clogging the sewer lines. Grease should be disposed of per NYS plumbing codes. The mayor is concerned that the problem, if it persists, could damage the new $13 million sewer treatment plant. The mayor said that though not all restaurants have been in violation, the Village has had an issue from a local restaurant for about 20 years, and that it has recently been given a 30-day notice which, if it does not comply, could face fines or closure.
— Approved receiving the donation of an 85-inch television from Battle Street Brewery. The television is capable of being hooked up to a laptop and used as a screen for presentations in the town hall auditorium from governmental and other entities.
— Approved changing the days of its regular meeting from 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month to 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month for April, May, and June.