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Posted by: Doug K
« on: March 25, 2020, 12:21:01 pm »

Welcome Nathaniel, thanks for the chuckle, great point as well.

Two words here that matter most, but seem to have faded over time, Common Sense.

Sound thinking, and having a sense that truth & facts matter is not "common" any more. To put it differently it is very important that as we strive to "do things the right way" , we also have good sense to be actually doing the "right things". Doing something to follow a law, guideline, or requirement may offer improvement opportunities  when someone points out where it failed. Like not fastening a safety walk to dirt & stone.

People are fighting against Canal Embankment Safety work in our area, which flies in the face of " common sense" to most, and when you try to point it out there's always resistance. In fact, many people seem to put emotion & opinion in place of truth & facts, and think that is common sense.

Mike was leaning in that common sense direction, like we do here in the ECNA, there's a time when people have to do the "right thing" not "do things right"... sometimes we need to point out to some in our society, what most other people understand to be commonly held truths. Its part of continuous improvement, it's meant as an opportunity to make change, and save some money perhaps.
Posted by: Michael Caswell
« on: March 25, 2020, 07:09:53 am »

Nathaniel. Ha!  Very funny.   :)

My point is why would they put this pad here? It's the drive to a private residence. By their logic, every drive should have one. Common sense and some regard to cost have been abandoned here. Lets not confuse the issue please.

Posted by: Nathaniel H
« on: March 24, 2020, 02:53:58 pm »

"I have never seen a blind person in our area either." Well, to be fair, they've also never seen you.

In all seriousness, whether or not you have a seeing-impaired person among your neighbors, governments (even local governments) have to follow the Americans with Disabilities Act, and cannot pick and choose when to do so.
Posted by: Michael Caswell
« on: March 22, 2020, 04:00:25 am »

Our village seems to like spending our hard earned money.  The most recent thing is these drain labels.

They look like ceramic, and there is one one every drain in the village. With the labor cost of the installation, that must have run up quite a few thousand dollars. Its a drain for crying out loud! Why do we need a sign on it. Any idiot could see if the drain is blocked, just make a public statement to ask residents to keep a lookout for blockages and remove them.

New signs for Oxbow Road. Really?  The village won't maintain this trail entrance, that my wife tripped over the uneven surface and had to be rushed to hospital with head injuries. She suffered severe bruising, and was sore for weeks. But they can put up brand new signs instead of simply cleaning the old ones. They were fine, but had gone green.

At the same entrance are these pads for the blind.  As you can see, these are already becoming a tripping hazard and have peeled up from the sidewalk. And look at the install. They actually ran some caulk around the edges. What purpose did the serve? It certainly wasn't for its adhesive properties. What a complete waste of time and money!
I have never seen a blind person in our area either. Surely, there are better ways to spend our money than this?  It's not like there is any traffic down this trail entrance, it is only a drive entrance for one residence. No vehicular traffic is allowed on Oxbow Rd. By the same logic applied here, every drive on Erie Crescent should have a pair of these on the sidewalk.

Posted by: Doug K
« on: March 20, 2020, 02:15:12 pm »

Thanks for sharing Mike, small steps get the job done nicely.
Posted by: Another Canal Neighbor
« on: March 19, 2020, 06:21:17 pm »

Bravo. Chalk one up for town citizens, thank you ECNA
Posted by: Michael Caswell
« on: March 18, 2020, 06:23:43 pm »

Well!   Common sense at last!   

Well done Fairport & Perinton Officials!


Posted by: Michael Caswell
« on: March 18, 2020, 12:05:58 pm »

Yesterday, many of the businesses in Fairport and Perinton closed their doors! Employees were told to seek unemployment insurance. Most of these were in the restaurant and bar industry, noted to rely on tipping and not well paid.

You can almost guarantee that many of these workers were parents who had claimed on the school free lunch program, they would be designated by our school district as living below the poverty line.

Our school superintendent stated recently that 23% of our children fall into this category. That is a DISMAL record that everyone living here should be thoroughly ashamed of.

We, the ECNA, have proven that Perinton and Fairport are the highest taxed town and village on the Erie Canal.  See the webpage at for proof. It should therefore come as no surprise that some people can no longer afford to live here.

As this epidemic continues, with so many out of work and ill, and most businesses unable to survive, our property values are going to drop like a stone. People will be forced to sell up.  Many businesses will fail into  Bankruptcy. Foreclosures will be common, crime will increase, and our world will fall apart.

Village officials need to do something right now


We have far more important things to worry about now! Please give our residents the relief they need to survive this.

Thank you

Michael Caswell.

Erie Canal Neighbors Association
585 729 5255


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