SYRACUSE — Syracuse-Wawasee Trail Committee heard from a concerned homeowner at its meeting Monday, July 17.
A concern was raised by a homeowner on Harkless Drive regarding flooding. Arlene Dickerson, who has lived on Harkless Drive since 1996, said water from the sidewalk/trail is coming into her house. While she said she loves the sidewalk/trail that was put in, it has created a flooding problem.
“We’ve gotten water in our house since the trail was put in,” she said.
She said the water runs in her door by the kitchen and comes out the living room door. Since Dickerson’s property is within the town limits, it is now Syracuse’s issue. “It’s now a town sidewalk,” said Director Megan McClellan.
McClellan contacted Rob Merchant, utilities superintendent, and he is investigating the flooding situation.
“We’ll see what we can do to fix it,” McClellan reassured Dickerson.
Pulver Asphalt is currently working on the crosswalk at SR 13 and Pickwick Drive. The project started Monday, July 17, and should be completed in about two weeks. Barrels and striping are up.
A design for the boardwalk entrance was approved for the Conklin Bay trail. Three ideas were proposed. The entrance will be a brick wall with the trail’s logo on it. Memorial bricks are also being proposed for the boardwalk’s entrance.
An easement between Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation and the park foundation still needs to be completed.
Plans for the Syracuse-Webster Road trail were presented. A topographical survey needs to be conducted first. Commonwealth Engineers has some initial drawings completed, including obstacles like a tree. McClellan said the county “is on board with this.” Wawasee Schools has earmarked $100,000 for the trail project.
“People are excited, especially those with kids in school,” said McClellan.
McClellan said committee members are needed for upcoming events that will benefit the trails, such as a car show and a concert. Also needed are committee members for the Conklin Bay boardwalk project. Permits are already in place for the Conklin Bay project and help is needed with fundraisers for the $1.5 million project.
Several maintenance issues were discussed. New signs will be installed Friday, July 28. Five “no motorized vehicles” signs will be installed by a group of volunteers on a section of the trail. Bushes need to be trimmed, and mowing and sweeping need to be done along the trail on Cornelius Road.
The eighth annual Tour des Lakes had a record turnout of 320 riders July 8. Next year, more volunteers are needed for the ride, which is a benefit for the trails.
Volunteer of the Month is Julie Kline, who volunteered at a recent event.
Upcoming events include the Oakwood Car Show that is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6. Proceeds from the event benefit the trails.
A benefit concert is from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19, at Southshore Golf Club, Syracuse. Tickets are $15 per person and proceeds support the trails. Tickets are available on the trail’s website, www.syracusewawaseetrails.com, or at the trail’s office in downtown Syracuse.
The concert features James and the Drifters. Food trucks and a cash bar will be available.
An Art Festival is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Oakwood Resort.
The next meeting date is 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at the trail’s office.