The plan would go a long way toward revitalizing downtown and bringing more businesses to the area, but there still are details to be worked out, Palmieri said.“We’re taking an opportunity to move the city forward,” he said. “Nothing is carved in stone.” . . .
Paul Balzano, owner of Nicolas Jewelers on Genesee Street, asked if the median was an absolute necessity.“Do we have to do this?” he asked. If the city gets the federal grant it will have to proceed with the median because it was written into the application, Palmieri said.
"Nothing is carved in stone," but Utica " will have to proceed with the median because it was written into the application." So. either the median is "nothing" or the mayor was trying to deceive the public when he said "Nothing" is carved in stone.
What's the purpose of public hearings if the application is already written?
I'm in favor of the city getting as many grants as possible -- but not for the "pet projects" of some obviously "connected" individuals who feel that they know more than everyone else and devise plans for spending taxpayer money and changing the city environment out of the public's view and without genuine public input.
Here's a novel idea: Get public input BEFORE applying for the grant!
Frankly, as much as Genesee needs a remake and the sewers need work, I hope the City loses this grant. It is poorly conceived, will make downtown difficult to navigate, and is being shoved down the throats of those with the most to lose - the people with businesses on Genny.