North Syracuse Village Board talks funding

Franco agreed to put out the bids for the parking lot and elevator project with the approval from the board made Thursday night.

Village car swap

The board discussed the need for village vehicles for the police department, codes enforcement and animal control.

Trustee Chuck Henry initially suggested that the village has "strained the budget" enough for the year and that buying any additional vehicles at the present time would be asking too much.

Ron Dean, the recently appointed codes enforcement officer, said he didn't care what vehicle he received, just "as long as it runs" to avoid adding any cost to the village.

The board understood that the average cost of obtaining an additional vehicle would be about $4,000, according to Gary Wilmer, department of public works superintendent. Wilmer said the village generally looks for additional vehicles at the county automotive auctions.

To avoid stretching the budget further, Trustee Henry made the motion to move a 2008 Crown Victoria to the police department that was being used by the codes department, give a 2000 Chevrolet Impala to Dean that was once a police vehicle, and finally, the animal control vehicle would be a currently unused DPW 1998 Dodge pickup truck. Wilmer said the pickup truck would most likely be functional for at least one more year before it would need to be replaced.

Sprinkler law

After the final order of business on the agenda, Trustee Butterfield asked to discuss the recent discussions the village's Sprinkler Review Committee has had. Butterfield reminded all present at the meeting that the village is the only municipality in the state that has a requirement for all attached buildings such as condominiums and commercial businesses to have codes efficient sprinkling systems installed.

Village Mayor John Heindorf gave an overview of the law that was established 20 years ago. Heindorf said there was a public hearing for the law in February 1989 and on May 10, 1990, which was when it was made effective. The village committee was established as well, which would and does consist of one village trustee, the fire chief and the codes officer.

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