Utica Residents Express Concern about Alley Closure
By Timothy Perry
July 29, 2015 - 8:35 PM
(The portion of Alley C which is to be closed)
UTICA - Residents
of the Village of Utica who live on North Central Ave. recently
received notice that a thirty five foot portion of Alley C, an access
alley located at the rear of their properties, would be vacated in order
to make room for the Gennessee and Wyoming Railroad to install crossing
gates at the Church Street railroad crossing.
The portion of the alley which is to
be closed runs in very close proximity and nearly parallel to the
railroad tracks and meets with Church Street near the railroad
crossing. According to village maps, the portion of the alley to be
closed lies within the Gennessee and Wyoming right-of-way.
letter sent out to residents by Village Administrator Glen Richards
states that "all residents will still have access to the rear of their
property through Alley C", however local Resident Marie Marcum-Young expressed
concern about accessibility to the property at which she and her husband
reside. According to Marcum-Youg, the only way in which her husband's truck
can currently access the property are at the ends of the alley, one of
which is located at Church St. and the other, which is nearly 1/5 mile
away, located at Spring St. The only other way to access the alley are
at Dean Drive and another access alley, which large vehicles cannot
safely navigate due to the close proximity to electrical and telephone
poles at their intersections.
A number of area residents
expressed concern about the ability of utility vehicles, such as garbage
removal services and electric and telephone company vehicles, to
navigate the alley when the entrance at Church St. is closed. Marcum-Young pointed out that the garbage removal truck would most likely be forced
to back up the alley, which would create a safety risk, as there are many
children in the area.
Richards' letter advocates the safety benefit of the project,
stating that the completion of the project will "ensure a safe passage
for residents, students, and businesses".
The letter goes on to
say that the project is estimated to cost $260,000.00. The Village is
required to pay $91,000. The portion which the village is required to
pay will be covered by a federal grant.
A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for Monday, August 3rd at 6:15 PM at the Town Hall.