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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Town to take over care of Sperr Park

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  • BIG FLATS | The Town of Big Flats has entered an agreement with Chemung County to take over stewardship of Sperr Park.
    The agreement awaits approval by the Chemung County Legislature.
    The park, located on Kahler Road, is named in honor of New York State Trooper Andrew Sperr, who was killed at the site during a vehicle stop in 2006.
    Though the lease of the site to the town is technically for 99 years, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli said the agreement calls for the town to take responsibility for the site for the next 15 years.
    He said the Town of Big Flats has already been playing a role in the maintenance of the site.
    “The town was helping to maintain it,” Santulli said. “They wanted to take the lead.”
    The Town Board approved the agreement July 23.
    “The Park is a wonderful place for individuals of all ages and this agreement will ensure its upkeep for years to come,” Town Supervisor Ed Fairbrother said in a press release.
    The site, originally part of the county’s Corporate Park South, now includes a half-mile walking trail around a pond, a playground, pavilion and gazebo, along with the monument to Trooper Sperr.
    Volunteers and donations have played a large role in developing the park.
    “On behalf of the Town I would like to take this opportunity to thank the New York State Police and all the volunteers and contributors who have made Sperr Park what it is today," Fairbrother said.
    Santulli said one of the main goals of the agreement was to ensure continuity to make sure the park is maintained in years to come.
    "This agreement demonstrates the commitment of both the County and the Town in maintaining this property as a community resource, maintained to the standards established by the NYS Police and the volunteers, and a fitting memorial to Trooper Sperr," he said.

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