What's to become of North Syracuse fire safety?

Surrounding areas, such as the towns of Salina, Clay and Cicero, do not enforce more than the state code's requirements, according to Butterfield.

"It could easily come off the books," Butterfield said of the local law. "If it's good enough for the state of New York, then it's good enough for the village of North Syracuse."

Village Mayor Diane Browning made similar sentiments and thanked the members of the village of North Syracuse Fire Department for their dedication to safety and service to the community, as Butterfield did, also.

Browning said neither she nor the board is against fire safety, but that it is a matter of attracting businesses to the area.

"The state says they're safe," Browning said of the village's residents. "Why is North Syracuse less safe?"

Assistant Fire Chief Tim Ellis, of the village fire department, reminded the board and residents in attendance that there have been countless fires across the country that have claimed lives because sufficient sprinkler systems were not in place.

In the comparison between the state and local law, the issue is not about the "appearance of safety, but the standard of safety," Ellis said.

Some municipalities have endured lawsuits because of these issues, according to members of the village fire department.

Because Shamrocks was used heavily as an example, village firefighter Paul Linnertz suggested that he and Trustee Butterfield visit the business along with Wayne Dean, Director of Planning and Development for Cicero. Dean is temporarily assisting the village's codes department.

Linnertz said this could be a good way to look further into the village's issue with the sprinkler law.

Currently, Shamrocks has sprinklers in the kitchen, a firewall and a total of four exits; however, the local law's required system was not implemented because the business acquired a variance. The variance expires in little more than 30 days.

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