For decades some Onondaga County residents have had to deal with raw sewage entering their basements during heavy rainfalls. On Dec. 5, representatives from both the local and county governments sat down with residents to try and find a solution to the problem.
East Syracuse Mayor Dan Liedka, Deputy Mayor Lorene Dadey, town of DeWitt Supervisor-elect Ed Michalenko, town of Salina Councilor and Onondaga County Legislator-elects David Stott and Tom Buckel and Onondaga County Legislator Mark Stanczyk all attended Wednesday night's meeting. Also in attendance were East Syracuse Public Works Superintendent Ron Russell and Tom Compoli with W-M Engineers. The meeting was held at the East Syracuse Municipal building on 204 North Center St.
Liedka said that the purpose of this meeting was to get everyone together to try and find common problems and try to come up with a possible solution. The village of East Syracuse could not fix this problem on their own because it is too costly, but if the villages and towns band together they may be able to solve the drainage issues, he said. He said this needs to be a group effort because the towns all share the same drainage and they are more likely to get things accomplished.
"We all have our individual problems," Liedka said. "I think the way to go after this is a group effort. I don't think the village of East Syracuse is going to be very effective, or the town of DeWitt or the town of Salina. If we are united, we can make a difference."
Stanczyk agreed saying that this was a community problem and concern. He added that the local governments have no capacity to pay for the problem themselves.
Causes of the problems ranged from clay and groundwater infiltration, broken pipes and city sewers that date back to the Civil War. Illegal connections are also seen as a major cause of overload in the system.