C-NS in 2006: A year in review

"It's hard to get mad at the town with a summer like this," Richard Pabst said, about the harsh rain storms this June, some bringing down 5 inches of water in very short time spans.

Currently engineers are digging Glendora Road residents out of their drainage problems. More swales will be dug next spring, Seitz said.

"We've sent letters out to those who sustained massive damage from flooding," he said. "Once we get the 'okay' we'll go in and handle these inspections on case-by-case basis and go from there."

Adult business

Cicero Deputy Supervisor Jim Corl made history when he scripted legislation -- which was later passed by the board -- that limits where sex offenders can live in the town of Cicero. Under the law, registered level 2 and 3 sex offenders can not live within a mile of a school or daycare center, or within 1500 feet of a playground or park entrance.

"This legislation targets those most dangerous to our children, level 2 and 3 sex offenders."

The board also settled the decade-long debate on where to put to adult businesses in town. The decision was to put them very far away -- Oxbow Road far away.

"It's really a simple idea," Corl said. "Get them as far away from the center of town as possible."

North Syracuse politics

In North Syracuse, there were dollar signs in officials' eyes, but many of the applied-for-grants only came through partially. The debate over a new village hall was sparked by a former board resident, and scandal ripped through the village police department. Here's a taste of what else happened:

Senior ID's

Deputy Mayor Diane Browning, along with village Masons, launched a free ID card program for seniors, which turned out to be immensely popular, according to Browning. "We had hundreds come out in just one day," she said. "It was so popular, that we decided to extend it into December!"

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