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Opinions differ on best way to preserve street, sidewalk along Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua

Have you ever been driving down the road – and notice workers cutting trees around power lines in residential neighborhoods?

That is an annual event, typically performed in the spring, but draws the same kind of criticism that is being handed out in the City of Canandaigua – as they work to maintain the safety of pedestrian and vehicle traffic along Charlotte Street.

The towering shade trees are not inferring with power lines or any utilities, but some in Canandaigua are worried about the impact of the London plane trees, which are upwards of 100 years old – along Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park.

The City of Canandaigua recently removed a hedge row, which runs along a portion of the city’s street and park. A sidewalk could also be removed along the street – if the City has its way.

As the Messenger Post learned, some residents are fired up over it.

“As a resident of Canandaigua, I am concerned with the quality of my neighborhood and expect that my tax dollars go toward preserving the safety and well-being of our residential neighborhood,” said Laura Ouimette, a longtime Charlotte Street resident, as reported by the Messenger Post.

“We love our walkability and our sidewalks,” City Manager John Goodwin said to the Post. “We also love our trees. We’re trying to have the best of both worlds.”

While there is plenty of opportunity for residents to let officials know where they stand – a meeting coming up on Tuesday, October 8th from 7 to 9 p.m. will provide both sides with an opportunity to learn more about concerns and needs of the community.

That meeting will take place at the Hurley Building, located at 205 Saltonstall Street, in Canandaigua.


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