Two prominent village business owners - John Parker of Heid's and Brad Ozinsky of Bradlery's Jewelers - spoke at a public hearing regarding proposed changes to the village sign ordinance at the Sept. 20, meeting of the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees.
"Signage, lighting and advertising are important to our business," Parker said. "I just want to know if these changes will make [the ordinance] more restrictive." Ozinsky expressed the same concern.
Mayor Gary White assured the two businessmen that he had instructed Village Attorney John Langey to rewrite the ordinance at the suggestion of Codes Enforcement officer Bill Reagan.
"We wanted to make the sign ordinance more user-friendly for local businesses," White said, "and for the [village] planning board as well."
Langey's language essentially cleaned up several definitions such as that for temporary signage for special sales and neon tube lighting framing business windows.
Trustee Dennis Hebert cited the former Cricket building on Oswego Street an example of what he called "distasteful" lighting which spilled out all over the neighborhood.
Following the public hearing, the trustees unanimously approved the changes.
Also at the Sept. 20, meeting Police Chief Bill Becker reported on a five-day traffic study his department made at the S-curve at the bottom of Sargent Lane near Tulip Street.
"We saw plenty of traffic - especially westbound - entering the location and extending over the center line to negotiate the curve," Becker said. The chief suggested a stop sign be added to slow vehicles approaching the curve. Mayor White said a "Slow Ahead" sign might also help. The mayor said he plans to meet with Sargent Lane residents before requesting the new traffic signs.
The village board also scheduled a public hearing to review the way tax assessments are made on condominiums for 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Village Hall.
Eight accidents in August
According to Liverpool Police Chief Bill Becker, LPD officers issued 148 citations for violations of the state's vehicle and traffic laws during August.
One arrest was made for driving while intoxicated and eight traffic accidents were investigated. Officers made 383 residential checks during the month while investigating a total of 319 complaints.