Thanks to a temporary reduction in fees, the town of Van Buren Highway Department will dispose of refrigerators, TVs and any other metal items for free this Saturday.
The department will hold its annual tire and metal drop off day from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 4 at the town highway garage at 7855 West Dead Creek Road in Baldwinsville. Residents are encouraged to drop off unwanted items such as computer monitors, microwaves and more.
"We've been seeing a lot more of these items on the road sides," said John Kerniski, a department employee. He added Saturday's event gives people with an opportunity to dispose of these items properly and for free.
Tires will also be accepted for a minimal fee: 50 cents for car tires, $1 for tractor trailer tires and $5 for farm tractor tires.
Baldwinsville police will keep a closer eye on Mercer Park, said Baldwinsville Police Chief Michael Lefancheck, now that residents have expressed concerns about inappropriate behavior in the secluded area including drug and alcohol use, sexual encounters and trespassing after hours.
"It's really gotten out of hand," said River Street resident Erin Scherfling who told the board more than 40 youths were at the park recently swearing loudly, drinking and smoking. Trustee Carrie Weaver, who recently visited the park, agreed there were youth abusing it, but also noted some were appropriately using it.
In addition to increased police foot patrol, officials hope to use a planned camera system to monitor the park and help curb acts of vandalism and lewdness.
$500 for bulbs
The Baldwinsville Women's Garden Club was recently given $500 to purchase and plant bulbs throughout the village of Baldwinsville, even though they only requested $250.
Club member Nancy Loveland told the village board it was a good investment because it would make the village prettier in the spring. The board agreed.