Baldwinsville: 2006 - From the sublime to bizarre

As we approach the New Year, it is befitting to reflect on 2006 and remember lessons learned, optimism gained and the many other triumphs and tribulations the year brought us.

Active members of the greater Baldwinsville community would know that one of this year's most talked about accomplishments was the opening of The Red Mill Inn, a triumph by owners Jake McKenna and Jay Bernhardt in design, historical preservation and economic energy.

The inn has helped to strengthen the village of Baldwinsville, while others have sought to tear it apart.

Over the summer, Baldwinsville resident Jon Alvarez sought signatures to create a referendum to dissolve the village government. After failing to obtain signatures from one-third of the registered voter population in support of the petition, the village remained safe, intact and able to flourish.

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Bernhardt and McKenna not only brought Baldwinsville the inn, but they also created buzz about a new industry, namely carp fishing. Baldwinsville will host the ACS Regional Carp Tournament this coming spring.

Environmental Design and Research, a consulting firm hired by the village to analyze the business district, made their recommendations to the village board in February. The results have initiated various projects in the village including a walkway and the tearing down of the Old Harrington Firehouse to create increased public space.

In the spring, the YMCA of Greater Syracuse announced plans to build a 70,000 to 80,000 square foot facility on a 21-acre parcel of land situated on the corner of Route 31 and Drake's Landing in the town of Lysander. The "Northwest Family YMCA" will be designed to meet the growing needs of residents in the northwestern suburbs of Syracuse.

Details of Lysander's transfer of development rights program, an innovative approach to preserving farmland, managing development growth and providing farm owners with a type of retirement plan, were finally hammered out and presented to the public this past fall.

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