County sends greyhound issue back to L'pool
At its Nov. 21 meeting, the Onondaga County Planning Board sent on the case of Greyhounds of Central New York back to the village planning board. The home-based business, which trains former race dogs to become family pets, is operated by Jonna Skehan at 305 Third St., in Liverpool
County planners found that Skehan's enterprise, in which which houses and trains retired racing greyhounds, poses "no significant adverse inter-community or county-wide implications."
Village planning board Chairman Joe Ostuni Jr. read the county planning board's resolution at the village planners' Nov. 27 meeting, as part of an ongoing public hearing on Skehan's application for a special permit to operate the greyhound-rehab business at her longtime Liverpool home.
The public hearing on her application will continue at the village planning board's
Jan. 22 meeting
Signs of the times
Signs may become the focus of attention of Liverpool's new codes enforcement officer, Gail Swistak, who started work here Nov. 20.
At the village planning board's monthly meeting on Nov. 27, board member John Eallonardo expressed concern about the proliferation of signs on front lawns throughout the village.
Assistant Codes Enforcement Officer Kurt Field explained that such signs -- many expressing anti-Wal-Mart sentiments and some promoting the retention of Liverpool
Elementary School -- are examples of free speech.
"Our ordinance doesn't cover free speech," Field said. If the signs promoted a business or even a yard sale, he said, they would be regulated.
Eallonardo pointed out that signage at some new businesses along First Street may also need to be looked at more closely, and Ostuni pointed specifically to the relatively new Retreat sign at the corner of Second and Vine streets.
"That used to be the DeWitt Bagelry sign, but there was never an application made to change it," Ostuni said. "It just kind of appeared."
Ostuni said he'll ask Swistak, the new codes enforcer, to discuss the matter with The Retreat's owner, John Gormel.
"We'll discuss that sign at our January meeting," Ostuni said