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North Syracuse to prohibit smoking in village parks

"[Thus] the city of Cortland does not allow the use of tobacco products on city-owned park land, park facilities, open space or joint city/school district properties."

The focus of Cortland's policy is on voluntary compliance, as it will be in North Syracuse. Roth said she liked that about Cortland's policy.

"It's good to make this about voluntary compliance as opposed to having police or our staff people get involved in patrolling the parks and enforcing it," she said.

The village is now working on drawing up the policy, which will limit the places tobacco products can be used.

Parks in the towns of DeWitt and Marcellus already have similar policies in place, as do all county parks. The towns of Clay and Cicero are examining similar proposals.

In other business:

The village is looking to remove Toll Road Park from its list of parks.

"This is a four-square-mile community with seven parks," Heindorf said. "Since the Plank Road Historical Society disbanded, we inherited the buildings at Toll Road Park, and a lot of them are in disrepair."

Heindorf said the cost to the taxpayers to bring the buildings up to code as well as to maintain the park land would be in excess of $600,000. Therefore, the village will send a letter to the state asking to remove the park from the park list. Heindorf said he hopes the land can be developed into housing.

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