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Main Street project creates havoc for Canton bed and breakfast business

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CANTON — The owners of an East Main Street bed and breakfast complained to village trustees Monday evening that the Route 11 reconstruction project is blocking access to their business and often wakes their sleeping guests before 7 a.m.

Charles F. Rouse, and his wife, Brooke E., owners of 24 E. Main St. Bed & Breakfast, asked the Board of Trustees for help in controlling a situation they claimed is threatening their business and leaving some customers disgruntled.

The couple asked officials to research and enforce the village’s noise ordinance so that heavy equipment like bulldozers and tractors aren’t allowed to operate before 7 a.m.

They also requested that the state Department of Transportation guarantee them access to their property so they’re not scrambling to figure out how to get their customers into the renovated home where they operate their bed and breakfast.

“There are some laws in place to protect residents of the village, and we’re asking you to enforce those laws,” Mrs. Rouse said. “Now that downtown is pretty, it seems East Main Street businesses have somehow gone by the wayside.”

The couple’s property is adjacent to the CSX railroad crossing, which was replaced as part of the project.

The Rouses also own other nearby rental properties they claim have been affected by the ongoing $9.5 million DOT reconstruction project.

Village Trustee Daniel J. McDonnell said village officials need to take a strong stand with CSX, the DOT and the project’s general contractor, Luck Bros. Inc., Plattsburgh, in order to safeguard Canton residents and businesses.

“These people should be able to get to their businesses. It’s frustrating to me that we’re letting anyone do whatever they want,” he said.

For the next 10 days, the couple should be guaranteed access to Jay Street, which is off Main Street and adjacent to their business, Mr. McDonnell said.

In other action, the board delayed making a decision about creating a dog park at Canton Island, also known as Willow Island.

During a public hearing, Thomas M. Cutter said the board should seek input from the six-member Canton Grasse River Revitalization Committee. That group spent five years developing a lengthy plan that was adopted by the village board in 2010.

“This board at the bare minimum should refer to this proposal,” Mr. Cutter said.

Several community members spoke in favor of creating the fenced-in dog park on the island.

Village Mayor David P. Curry directed members of the community’s dog park committee to meet with the Grasse River revitalization group.

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