Village forges ahead with Main Street project

A $25,000 clock that was funded through a state grant will soon be installed at Corner Park in the village of East Syracuse. This action will be the first in a series to revitalize Main Street; proof the village "is making a sincere effort of moving forward," said Mayor Dan Liedka.

Come spring, Corner Park, located on Manlius and North Center streets, will see other changes, too, such as granite curbing, textured concrete pavement, new sidewalks and more trees.

"This is just a small example of the look we want to achieve," Liedka said.

Wanted: Volunteer to paint

The board is seeking a volunteer(s) to paint the fence located between the tennis courts on McCool Avenue. The product will be provided, Liedka said, the village just needs labor. The Department of Public Works recently completed a $9,800 project to improve the park area, which included drainage problems and repaving as well as the installation of a new scoreboard at the baseball field, surveillance cameras, benches, picnic tables, a trash receptacle and a new awning for the concession stand.

Volunteers last year helped paint the storage building as well as another, much longer fence then the one that needs work now. Anyone interested in volunteering can call the village office at 437-3541.

Local law working

A recent rise in the number of disruptive conduct cases filed in the village of East Syracuse indicates that police are using a new tool in combating public disturbances. The Disruptive Conduct Ruling, enacted last year, allows local authorities to evict tenants if three disruptive conduct reports are filed against their rental unit in the same 12 month period. Anecdotal evidence suggests this practice is achieving its aims.

Liedka credits Police Chief Don Morris for its success, citing his thorough training of police officers, as well as his belief in the law, which penalizes renters for loud noise and parties, overcrowding and other nuisances. The law, Morris clarified at the Sept. 21 board meeting, is not used in domestic situations, nor is it intended to penalize a victim. Village officials said that a small group of repeat offenders is responsible for 90 percent of the trouble.

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