State Officials Meet In Norwich To Discuss Gus Macker Safety Concerns

By: Zachary Meseck

State officials meet in Norwich to discuss Gus Macker safety concerns (Zachary Meseck Photo)

NORWICH – New York State Senator Fred Akshar and Assemblyman Clifford Crouch visited Norwich's YMCA on Tuesday to discuss Gus Macker and safety concerns for kids playing on East Main Street in Norwich.

According to Norwich YMCA Director Jamey Mullen, Norwich's East Main Street needs to be repaved, at least the portion that Gus Macker attendees will be playing on, and the road hasn't been paved since around 1997.

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Mullen said his top three goals behind meeting with the state officials were to ensure the safety of the Gus Macker players, to protect one of Norwich's largest tourism events, and to help reduce the upkeep and maintenance costs for vehicles that pass through using East Main Street.

"My main concern is the event may become a safety concern for the kids," Mullen told the officials. "But I'm also worried about what unsafe road conditions may do to our ability to keep Gus Macker here."

He said three other municipalities have contacted Gus Macker officials, offering to host the event instead of Norwich, and while that doesn't appear to be an immediate concern, it could become one if the streets are unsafe for people to play in during the tournament.



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