When the Village Board met on Feb. 10, Trustee Michael LaMontagne reported that bids were being accepted this month from contractors interested in working on renovations at the Village Cemetery. The 173-year-old graveyard is bounded on the east and west by Tulip and Alder streets and by Fifth and Sixth streets on the south and north.
Two years ago, 128th District Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter announced that the village had received a $250,000 grant administered through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) earmarked for cemetery improvements.
On the recommendation of a cemetery advisory committee chaired by Dr. Michael Romano, the village hired Environmental Design & Research, a Syracuse-based landscaping firm, to prepare a schematic design for the restoration work. Prior to consulting with EDR, the cemetery committee had been meeting for more than four years during which it secured listings for the cemetery on both national and state Registers of Historic Places.