B'ville sidewalk project forges on

After reviewing the updated sidewalk repair plan, the village board is ready to hear comments from residents.

A public hearing will be held at 7:25 p.m. March 20 regarding the overall improvement to village sidewalks, many of which are in great need of repair. The purpose of the public hearing is to identify the overall district, explain the execution of the project and to hear comments from residents.

Mayor Joe Saraceni recently tweaked the plan that originally had residents incurring the entire cost of repairs, but allowed them to finance the project through the village. The new plan creates a 50/50 match between homeowners and the village, allowing residents to choose how the work gets completed, yet still giving the option to defray the cost of repairs over a three-year period with the village.

"(This plan) is a little more flexible, especially to the tax payer," said Trustee Anthony Saraceni.

Once approved, a second public hearing would be held to identify smaller districts, which the village would focus on one by one. Village Engineer Tim Baker said many factors will determine how many districts there will be and which areas will receive attention first. Those factors include funding, condition of sidewalks, construction season and the most heavily traveled sidewalks. He also said the village may be eligible for state funding or Community Development grants.

The village intends to begin sidewalk repairs this summer.

"The public is going to be very interested in this project," said Trustee Rick Presley. "When it starts to touch people's wallets, then they will get really interested."

Other public hearings

A public hearing regarding an amendment to chapter 58 of Van Buren Town Code to create a resident hiring preference will be held at 7:35 p.m. March 18 at the town hall. Supervisor Claude Sykes said the amendment would better meet the requirements of civil service.

A second public hearing regarding the proposed SPANO Asphalt plant on Van Buren Road will be held at 7:45 p.m. March 18 at the town hall. The Van Buren board received a positive recommendation regarding the hot mix facility from Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Association.

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