Village officials voted in support of the Oswego River Basin Commission and the completion of three flood control projects sought by CNY Waterways.
The projects include installing a bladder dam next to the floodgate in Baldwinsville, installation of slide gates at the Phoenix dam on the Oswego River and removal of remnants of the old Caughdenoy Dam. According to Maureen Doyle of CNY Waterways, the three projects (with an estimated cost of $7 million) would improve water flow and drainage from the Finger Lakes region to Lake Ontario and would decrease the chances of flooding.
Last year, flooding caused numerous closings along the Erie Canal and connected waterways, hurting the tourism industry.
Municipalities proceed with consolidation
The village of Baldwinsville and the towns of Lysander and Van Buren have each authorized the solicitation of funds to begin an evaluation process in regards to the consolidation of government services. If the municipalities receive the requested funds, they will seek out a firm to conduct an independent study of what residents want in regards to consolidated services.
VB approves water district consolidation
The town of Van Buren approved the consolidation of two water districts at the March 6 board meeting. Districts 10, 12, 22 and 24 along Walters and Winchell roads were consolidated into the Walters Road Consolidated Water District. The Connors Road Water District was combined with Connors Road Extension no. 2 and sewer/water districts 11, 14 and 25 to form the Connors Road Consolidated Water District.
VB Land Use Committee meeting
Van Buren will hold a Land Use Committee meeting at 7 p.m. March 27 at the Van Buren Town Hall. Topics to be discussed will include vehicle sales, electronic billboards, storage containers, driveway design regulations, definitions for mobile, modular and manufactured homes and brush dumps and vegetation landfills on residential lots. The meeting is open to the public.
VB appoints Perkins
The town of Van Buren has appointed Cathy Perkins as the director of parks and recreation for the town of Van Buren.