Cicero board confronts record rain, cuts

Even under Putzer's staff of six, state-mandated paperwork was a burden. Today, the court, which Putzer believes is the second largest in Onondaga County, contends with crushing paperwork and increasing volume.

"We really need more to get everything done," Putzer said.

Community members lamented the condition of Kim's Cicero Diner, a neglected landmark of the Route 11 corridor. Zambrano said the diner, along with other historical eyesores in the area, deserve greater attention from the board.

"Route 11 is supposed to be our commercial corridor, and they do look abysmal," she said.

Drainage pipes and pumping stations across the town have failed, forcing the board to spend nearly $45,000 to replace them. Without that infrastructure, the area cannot support as many new housing developments.

"$30,000 is a lot of pipe," said taxpayer Tom Blieu, referring to the cost of replacing pipes along the town's portion of Interstate 81.

The board approved a proposal to change a zoning code that forces banks to deny mortgages to homeowners in commercial-zoned property along Rt. 11. As written today, the law prevents residents in that area from selling or modifying their homes as residential property. If they lost their homes in a disaster, they would be unable to rebuild without following commercial zoning rules.

Amending the code gives residents a greater sense of security.

"If there's a fire on the property, they'll be able to rebuild it on the exact same footprint," said Councilor Jim Corl Jr..

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