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Geddes: Wastebed break subject of book

Joe Barnello of the Solvay-Geddes historical society addressed the town board on Nov. 13 to announce the society's plan to research the 1943 wastebed break in the town of Geddes.

Mark DeLawyer is researching the break in hopes of writing a book. He is asking residents who have photos or memories to contact him. Photos or information loaned to DeLawyer will be copied and returned to the residents, and credit will be given if the book is published.

"This is our history," Barnello told the board and those in attendance. "For posterity sake, it would be nice to get the community involved in the research."

Wastebeds currently line the southwest end of Onondaga Lake. Built in 1888 by what was then the Solvay Process Company, the wastebeds were created as an alternative from dumping waste directly into the lake. The waste was produced from the making of soda ash. According to the Onondaga Nation website, roughly 6 million pounds of salty wastes made up of chloride, sodium and calcium were discharged daily to Onondaga Lake from the soda ash facility before it closed in 1986.

The historical society will be holding a craft show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 24 at Robinson Memorial United Presbyterian Church at 126 Terry Rd. All proceeds will benefit the Solvay-Geddes historical society.

In other news:

- The board unanimously approved the comptroller's transfer of $7,427 from the North Geddes sewer repair reserve to cover work performed that exceeded the amount funded in the operating budget.

- The board authorized the town supervisor to hire a new secretary, starting Dec. 3, allowing the new secretary to train with his current secretary, who is retiring. The annual rate of pay for 2007 will be $28,500. The board approved the motion unanimously.

- The board awarded the John Carno Recreation center window replacement project to the low bidder Frontier Glass, Inc. of 160 Despatch Dr. in East Rochester. The winning bid was $38,411.

- Town Supervisor Robert Czaplicki signed an agreement for 2008 with the SPCA.

- The board introduced "Local Law No. F," which establishes minimum stormwater management requirements and controls in the town.

- A public hearing was scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Geddes Town Hall concerning storm water management.

- The board also introduced "Local Law No. G," which prohibits illicit connections, activities and discharges to the municipal storm sewer system in the town.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Nov. 27 at the Geddes town hall.

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