Municipal board news: VB takes sales tax

For the third consecutive year, Van Buren officials voted to take sales tax money from the county to help cover drainage and road repair costs in Seneca Knolls. The town took $300,000 of its approximately $2.5 million share, the rest of which will be applied as credit against annual county property taxes.

The Seneca Knolls development, located off Route 48, is one of the town's oldest developments. Van Buren has received Community Development grants from the county to help fund the five-year plan to improve Seneca Knolls roads and drainage, in addition to sales tax money. The money is scheduled to arrive in April or May.

Lysander creates smoke-free zones

The Lysander Parks and Recreation commission announced the designation of smoke-free areas at Lysander Park (on Smokey Hollow Road) to create a safe, recreational environment for children. The parks department worked with Onondaga County to create the program and will host a public opening featuring the smoke-free and smoke-designated areas at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 20. The event will feature gift give-aways courtesy of the county.

Oktoberfest preparations

The village of Baldwinsville will partner with the Greater Baldwinsville Economic Development Agency for this year's return of the Oktoberfest, which will be held from 4 to 11 p.m. Oct. 10 and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 11 at the former site of the Harrington Fire Station. The village agreed to the partnership so the festival has access to village resources such as picnic tables.

Paper Mill Island/Lock/canal improvements

The village will now charge for reimbursement of power, which is now available to visitors boating along the canal. Power boxes along the South Shore West Trail are available to boaters at $5 for 30 amps per day and $10 for 50 amps per day. To save on man-hours, the village will rely on the honor system and expects boaters to submit their payment in an envelope with their name into a steel box.

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