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East Syracuse: Study to focus on flooding issues

The East Syracuse Village Board meeting opened Jan. 21 with a public hearing regarding the formulation of a five-year plan for village projects that will provide funding both for maintenance and recreation in the village. The board presented possible future projects that would include the addition and renovations of streets, parks and other amenities in the village, as well as places for teenagers and young people to congregate and stay active.

Suggested projects for the five-year plan include renovations to the Wisniewski Building to include a recreation room for teens, improvement at Bagg Street Park including a skate park, a nature trail, an ice rink, and court resurfacing for tennis and basketball.

Delineation study

After a short hearing for the five-year plan, the board passed a motion to hire a team of engineers to conduct a delineation study for properties located from Hartwell Street to Mosher Street in the village.

The focus of the study will be to determine the cause and possible solution for flooding in the backyards of residents who live between Hartwell and Mosher streets and to assess the feasibility of a drainage system. The village attorney was advised to seek reimbursement of the costs of the study, which will not exceed $4,920, if the property is later developed for commercial purposes.

Mayor Danny Liedka said in an interview that there has been speculation that the filling of the lands just north of the wetlands might have contributed to the flooding.

The village board unveiled plans for new changes in village code, the first of which a policy that would allow village authorities to evict residents who have caused frequent disturbances. The law, which Liedka said would be an unorthodox but "edgy" amendment to local law, would create accountability for residents who were responsible for persistent noise ordinance complaints and other forms of disruptive conduct, including house parties.

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