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DeWitt: Grant given toward court, boardroom

DeWitt Judge David Gideon announced that the town qualified for, and received, a Justice Court Assistance Program grant of $29,906 for renovations to the town court and boardroom.

District Judge James Tormey was in attendance for the announcement and commended both Gideon and DeWitt Judge Jack Schultz on their hard work in earning the grant.

"This group is recognized as one of the most progressive towns and courts in the state of New York," Tormey said.

Most of the grant will be dedicated to adding a new sound system to the meeting room in the town hall. Given $20,600 for the system, the town will now have an improved sound system for both court proceedings and the meetings hosted in the hall. Another $7,500 will go to upgrading the phone system for the entire town hall.

The grant program was started in 2006 to allow New York town and village courts to update technology in the courtroom. DeWitt qualified for one of the largest grants in the six-county Fifth Judicial District, according to Gideon. The town should have the money within the next two weeks and they can begin refurbishing its court and boardroom.

Scibilia takes last word

In what appears to be the end of the very long process concerning the Scibilia property, Frank Scibilia expressed his opinion on the decision to demolish his building in the public comments portion of the meeting.

"That's an historical building," he said. "The trolleys used to come from Syracuse to Fayetteville and people would wait at that building for them."

Scibilia reiterated that his structure was sound before telling the board, "I hope that I never have to see you people again."

The board made no comment on the issue.

Kolceski lays out development plan

Town Engineer Mike Kolceski laid out the town's Community Development Consolidation Plan Monday night. The town added three projects in Maxwell Park that would add a new modular rest facility by softball fields one and two and by the first pavilion, repair the existing restrooms, resurface and repair the tennis courts and pave the front parking lot. The plan contains 10 items, with the second phase of the five-phase Parkhill redevelopment being the most likely candidate for this year's building, according to Kolceski.

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