The Cicero Town Board approved a six-month contract to share the town's codes enforcement services with the village of North Syracuse during its March 24 board meeting.
Since mid-February, North Syracuse has been without a full-time codes officer after terminating the previous person in that position. In past years, Cicero has shared codes services with the village.
"There have been a lot of conversations with North Syracuse Mayor Diane Browning," said Cicero Supervisor Judy Boyke.
Because the village pays taxes to the town, Boyke believes this is a good opportunity to share services in light of the current economic climate.
Town to temporarily share codes enforcement services with village of North Syracuse
Cicero Codes Enforcement Officer Wayne Dean said he thinks "it's a benefit" to both municipalities.
"We regularly pass through there during our travels," Dean said.
During the six-month contract, Dean will not only assist in the village's codes needs, but in the search for a new codes officer. If necessary, Dean said he would help with the new employee's training.
As of now, Dean said the village is looking at two candidates who are retired from the Syracuse City Codes Department.
Both candidates that Mayor Browning and Dean have discussed have at least 10 years of experience each.
Dean said he has already been assisting the village for about one month and he "has not been overloaded."
For his assistance, the village will pay $2,000 each month and reimburse the town $50 per inspection, according to the agreement.
After the six-month period, Dean said the two municipalities will review the agreement and see if any further obligations are necessary.