Kendall innovation committee focusing on community improvements

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 25 March 2017 at 2:09 pm

KENDALL – Members of the Kendall Community Innovation Advisory Committee (KCIAC) provided members of the town board with an update on their work and areas of focus during the Town Board’s regular meeting this week.

KCIAC Chairman Glen Spellan provided council members with a list of focus items.

“We’ve been meeting for nearly two years,” he said and explained that the committee would like to take a greater interest in what is happening during Town Board meetings.

The list of focus items includes the clean up of the four corners; maintenance of the Lake Ontario State Parkway; extension of water lines; sewers within the hamlet; the Kendall marina and Lake Ontario water levels; connecting the community Pavilion, Kendall Central School athletic fields, the town hall property and Kendall Fireman’s field with walkways and trails as well as providing an all-season pavilion for community use; the Cottages at Troutburg; and the Kendall Post Office.

Orleans County Legislator Ken DeRoller is a Kendall resident and member of the KCIAC.  He noted the Kendall Post Office window service hours are very limited. There is no window service after 3:30 p.m. on weekdays.

“The Kendall Central School District is our biggest employer and school is still open at that time,” he said.  The committee hopes to open up conversation regarding postal service and ensuring the U.S. Post Office in Kendall remains open, DeRoller said.

Kendall Supervisor Tony Cammarata said the Town Board would review the committee’s focus list during a work session. He said he uses a “traffic light” scenario to prioritize goals.

“Green lights are for things that we should keep doing the way we are doing; yellow lights are for things we are doing, but could improve; and red lights are for things we are not doing or what we are doing and should stop altogether,” he explained.

The KCIAC includes members from the community who meet monthly to discuss, evaluate and list proposed community improvements with the goal of improving the quality of life in the Town of Kendall.

In other business Tuesday, Town Board members accepted a $4,098 grant from the state Justice Court Assistance Program. Councilwoman Barb Flow said the funds will be used to purchase a new automatic electronic defibrillator and new cabinet case for the foyer in the town hall.  Council members approved spending $1,111.99 of the grant on the new defibrillator.

Flow said the new cabinet will have plexiglass doors and replace a glass-door cabinet. She said the plexiglass will be a safer option.

Council members also passed a resolution extending the town’s moratorium on industrial solar energy facilities.  The local law will give the Planning Board additional time with creating a code for industrial solar energy facilities.  The local law extends the moratorium up to 6 additional months, but Cammarata said the Planning Board will likely  not need that entire time to finish its work.

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