Baldwinsville: Village addresses flooding issues

Village officials plan to tackle inadequate drainage and sewer systems in Baldwinsville as a result of recent flooding.

According to Mayor Dan O'Hara, the village (and surrounding areas) has suffered from a 10-year and 50-year storm within the past few years. He said the upstate New York climate is changing and the increased rainfall is effecting the village sewer and drainage systems.

"It's an issue of Mother Nature," O'Hara said. "We are getting more rainfall."

Issues addressed included inadequate drainage, increased water flow from uphill developments, particularly in the town of Lysander, and whether surrounding developments have adequate retention basins.

"Most of the infrastructure is 50 to 60 years old," O'Hara said about developments within the village boundaries.

O'Hara also said the village must prioritize all projects to keep tax rates down.

"We can operate effectively without affecting tax rates," O'Hara said.

Village officials intend to meet with Lysander Supervisor Barry Bullis to discuss drainage problems. Officials will also work with Onondaga County, New York State, the Department of Environmental Conservation and CSX Railway to address the various issues.

"The good new is we are addressing it. It's going to take a game plan," O'Hara said.

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