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Grand Island board to solicit public comments on bike path options

The Grand Island Town Board plans to hold a public meeting to solicit comments on bike path options for the island sometime between Oct. 3 and Oct. 11.

Councilman Michael H. Madigan put forth the motion during Monday evening’s meeting of the Town Board. The motion passed 3-1, with Madigan, Councilman Raymond A. Billica and Councilman Christopher K. Aronica voting in favor of holding the meeting. Supervisor Nathan D. McMurray was the lone vote against having the meeting. Councilwoman Beverly A. Kinney was not present for the vote.

The meeting will be held to create a public record, Madigan said.

Option four, the Town Board’s preferred option that calls for a multi-use path to run alongside West River Road and leaving West River Parkway open to vehicle traffic, will be discussed at the public meeting, along with other options board members or the public may want to discuss.

The deadline to get a presentation on the agenda for the meeting is at noon Sept. 28, Madigan said.

Option three, recommended by New York’s Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, would close the parkway and repurpose it as a multi-use path.

Option three was rejected by the Town Board in August.

State officials will be invited to attend the meeting, Madigan said.

McMurray, who is a proponent of option three, said the town had requested a public hearing with the state on bike path options, but had yet to hear back.

“I suggest we wait to hear from them,” he said.

Madigan said the meeting presents the chance to put opinions on public record, for and against the two options.

The site of the meeting has yet to be determined.

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