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Cornhill receives a garden makeover

By ALLISON NORLIAN

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Cornhill section of Utica is receiving a makeover. Today, 55 new raised garden beds were placed on the corner of Park and South street after the Mele Company of Utica donated $7,000 dollars and a business man named Shaun Brennan donated his land.

The company partnered with the city, the Oneida County health department as well as the state health department for this project. After the state came in to check the soil, the action began.

Members from the community, the County Executive Anthony Picente, the health departments and about 20 volunteers from Mele were getting their hands dirty and beginning the planting process.

Ray Mele, the CEO and President of the Mele Company said he has a true passion for Utica, " The Cornhill area has a lot of lead in soil and high rate of childhood lead poisoning here and a lot of refugees in our community and the purpose of garden beds to grow vegetables above ground in safe environment, also an area where community can gather and grow closer."

The planting should be finished by next week.

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