Medina makes alley a one-way street by Mark’s Pizzeria

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 June 2017 at 8:20 am

Village Board also welcomes Hydrobikes in Canal, upscale dinner on closed off section of Main Street

Photo by Tom Rivers: A section of Main Street was closed last August for an upscale dinner, which was a fundraiser for the Canal Village Farmers’ Market. The dinner will return on Aug. 3.

MEDINA – The Village Board voted to make the alley off Main Street by Mark’s Pizzeria a one-way street.

The board voted unanimously on Monday following a public hearing. The board said making the alley, officially known as Proile Alley, as a one-way street will improve safety for pedestrians and motorists.

The alley will be one-way going east, or from Main Street towards the municipal parking lot. Mark’s Pizzeria is on the north side of the alley and the Medina Theater is on the south side.

It may take a week or two weeks before signage is out and the state is notified of the change.

In other action on Monday:

• The board voted to allow an A-frame sign for a new business, Pedal and Paddle Medina, which will have four Hydrobikes and four kayaks for rent in the Erie Canal Basin beginning on July 6.

The board also agreed to allow a designated parking spot in the municipal lot for the business’s owner, which has a trailer with the kayaks and Hydrobikes.

• The board set a public hearing for 7 p.m. on July 24 for a proposed dog park ordinance. That ordinance would allow Medina to establish a dog park at Gulf Street Park.

Mayor Mike Sidari said residents will need to help with creating the park and moving it forward.

• The board also is looking to establish “Planned Residential Development” zoning in case there is redevelopment of the old Medina High School and the Sacred Heart church complex. The zoning would allow for adaptive reuse of larger structures located within a residential area.

Medina is looking to establish a “floating zoning classification” for the two sites, which means the zoning wouldn’t be designated unless a project to repurpose the large buildings became a reality.

The board voted to send the zoning proposal to the Orleans County Planning Board for its review.

• Police Chief Chad Kenward informed the board that two police officers – Michael Forgione and Brian Marsceill – have resigned to join other law enforcement agencies.

Forgione is headed to the Gates Police Department and Marsceill is joining the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office. Kenward said Gates has a starting salary about $20,000 more than Medina, while the Sheriff’s Office has a better pension program.

Marsceill’s resignation letter thanked Kenward for his leadership at the police department and the village for the opportunity to work in Medina.

The board authorized Kenward to pursue filling the two vacancies.

The board also authorized Kenward to pursue a federal COPS grant that pay most of the salary for a new officer over four years. That application is due July 10.

• The board agreed to close off a section of Main Street, between Center and Pearl streets, on Aug. 3 for the second Farm-to-Table dinner.

The Orleans Renaissance Group is planning the event, which debuted last year with 137 people enjoying the five-course meal.

The ORG hoped for 100 last year, but demand pushed the total to 137. This time, ORG is making 200 tickets available.

The section of Main Street will be blocked off from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 10 is the rain date.

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