Regional Finger Lakes Trail coordinator Don Sutherland came to survey the situation, and the group had agreed to fund the project for next year. Klehr did all the legwork to get the project done earlier, with donated labor, instead of town employees, Spaccaforno said. He said he was glad Klehr and other got involved with the community project. “This is the way it used to be.”
Barnes, owner of Masonville Stone, said he also lives on Church Street, but he would have been involved, anyway, after he was contacted in September by Klehr. “In a small community you do what needs to be done,” he said. He worked with a crew from his business on the project.
It was important to make sure people were safe when using the bridge, especially with Halloween coming up, he said.
Finger Lakes Trail vice president for trail maintenance, Steve Catherman, said the group saw the opportunity as “a great chance to get exposure,” for its efforts and help out.
After Klehr contacted the group, money was found in the current budget to get the job done now. “He certainly helped it along,” Catherman said.
Barnes’ crew will not need any help in doing the work, Klehr said. But “if they need anything,” he said he will be available.
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