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B'ville board has two new officials

Last Tuesday's uncontested village election will result in two new board members for the village board and one returning board member.

Incumbent Bruce Stebbins will remain on the board and candidates John Salisbury and Melinda Shimer will replace trustees Anthony Saraceni and David Mott, who both chose to not run for reelection this term. Salisbury and Shimer will join the board during the first April board meeting scheduled for Thursday April 3.

Area codes could split B'ville

Lysander officials have sent the Public Service Commission a strong message regarding the changes in telephone area codes.

The PSC recently determined that the 315 area code would soon run out of available numbers if action is not taken. The PSC provided four options for the area code issue that include introducing a new area code for all new phone numbers or rearranging existing area codes with new boundaries -- choice one follows the Seneca River, choice two splits Madison, Oneida and Oswego counties and choice three follows county lines.

Lysander officials strongly opposed option one, which would split Baldwinsville in half, and did not like option two. The board approved a resolution for the PSC to choose an area code rearrangement plan that would follow county lines rather than splitting Baldwinsville in half.

Public hearings

Baldwinsville will hold a public hearing regarding the proposed sidewalk repair plan at 7:25 p.m. Thursday April 3 at the village hall, 16 West Genesee St. in Baldwinsville.

A public hearing regarding abolishing the receiver of taxes position (an elected position) and merging the duties and powers with the town clerk position in the town of Van Buren will be held at 7:40 p.m. Tuesday April 1 at the town hall. If approved, the motion would become a referendum in the 2008 election.

Barb Johnson, the current Van Buren receiver of taxes, plans to retire in 2009. If the referendum should be approved, Johnson would continue her duties as a deputy clerk. Officials said this action would help to streamline government. They added it helps keep the collection of taxes local as the state is trying to have the taxes sent to the county. By collecting the taxes locally, the town has access to funds and collects the interest rather than the county.

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