The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

Local News

October 23, 2007

MEDINA: Village, state swap sites

To finish out the second phase of the Pass Thru Project in the Village of Medina, the board approved a resolution Monday night to exchange jurisdictions with New York state for ownership of Route 63 and the streets formerly known as such.

The exchange is the final move to complete the project which was begun in the early 2000s, said Mayor Clayton Ehrenreich III.

“This is the transfer of property,” he said. “The secretary of state has to approve the transfer.”

When the project was started, Route 63 followed Main Street north to the four corners at Center Street and turned west; then it continued north again onto Prospect Avenue and Commercial Street to cross the Erie Canal lift bridge. Since the rerouting took place, Route 63 now continues on Main Street at the four corners and curves around to meet at Commercial, bypassing the old route.

The jurisdictional change will not affect anything in the village, though, as it is only a “change of responsibility,” said Trustee Owen Toale. The village and state essentially will switch which departments maintain certain roadways within the village limits.

“We’re not giving up anything,” Toale said. “What we are giving up we’re gaining.”

According to Ehrenreich, the only thing truly changing is ownership of the roads.

In other news, the board:

• Approved the sale of fire engine 12 from the Medina Fire Department to a volunteer company in Texas. The truck has been for sale for about a year, and the $9,000 offer was the first the department had received, said Chief Todd Zinkievich.

• Approved an application for Small Cities Grant funding for Patrick and Karen O’Brien for a retractable awning at Main Liquor, 431 Main St. The O’Briens applied for a $1,890 matching grant from the program for a $3,780 project to install the cloth awning.

Contact reporter Miranda Vagg at (585) 798-1400, ext. 2225.

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