Marcellus The Marcellus Town Board met last week and discussed its application for a Local Government Efficiency grant to improve the town and village’s sewer system.
The town and village and the Marcellus School District are applying for the $600,000 grant.
Town Supervisor Dan Ross said the proposed project would service “two special districts. So it’s just affecting the residents of the districts cost-wise. Not the whole town.”
The districts involve approximately 900 village homes and 300 town residences. Ross said the Marcellus schools are considered a 50-unit participant.
The town passed a resolution that the village will be the lead agency on the project. Ross hopes it will consolidate the town sewer lines into a district run solely by the village.
Ross said the town has a funding formula in place to reimburse the village for the sewer service it provides.
“We want to increase the efficiency and operation of the sewer system,” Ross said.
The board then voted to sponsor an open-air market in Marcellus Park. The market, expected to run from June through the fall, is scheduled for Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m.
“We’ve been working with local agri-business people to pull this all together,” Ross said. “We want to be fairly broad based. It will be local merchants, from Central New York. There isn’t going to be any outside commercial people.”
Ross said there is an effort underway to attract a winery from Cayuga County. He said the possibility exists for some vendors to offer takeout meals.
“It’s a nice concept if we can get the right vendors there,” Ross said. “And if we get enough people there to keep the vendors coming back I think we’ll have a nice project going.”
The board set the spring trash days for residents’ annual cleanouts. The dates are April 27 and 28 and May 4, 5, 11 and 12. Permits will be available from the town clerk.
The board reported that the town received a $9,128 grant from the New York State Office of Court Administration. The money will be used to make some interior improvements to the town court. Ross said the building’s air conditioning system will be replaced by a more efficient ductless model.