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Eagle Star-Review 2011: The Year in Review

One of the biggest stories this year was the murder of a newborn baby in January. The child's mother, Nicole DeJaynes, was charged with murder in the girl's death. Police held a funeral for the baby, whom they named Isabella Marie.

One of the biggest stories this year was the murder of a newborn baby in January. The child's mother, Nicole DeJaynes, was charged with murder in the girl's death. Police held a funeral for the baby, whom they named Isabella Marie.

“We really scratched around to come up with the best budget we thought we could live with,” said Mayor Gary White, who noted that village departments each submitted budgets equal or lower than last year’s.

White blamed the tax in¬crease on Onondaga County, which cut villages out of its annual sales tax revenue-sharing program last year.

Owners of a $100,000 home in the village will now pay $1,191—an increase of $235 since 2010.

Meanwhile, the county tax rate for village property own¬ers will decrease by $1.32 per thousand, due to the sales-tax distribution decision. So, for $100,000 homeowners, vil¬lage tax bills “will be offset somewhat by the $132 de¬crease in the county tax rate,” the mayor said.

The Onondaga Lake Park Marina and Boat Launch was forced to close after rainstorms caused excessive flooding to the lakeshore.

The closure was an¬nounced April 28 after the flooded lake engulfed the rock wall, or break wall, separating the marina from the rest of Onondaga Lake, said Onondaga County Parks Commissioner Bill Lansley. This causes a threat to boaters, who may not realize the wall is there and hit it.

“Hitting the wall could cause excessive damage to a boat if they hit it,” he said.

Approximately $10,000 in damage was caused to the crushed-stone and tar walk¬way near the boat launch that was installed just last year.

May

Residents within the Liverpool Central School District voted Wednesday, April 27 to approve a $32.8 million capital improvement proj¬ect to make renovations to buildings within the district. The project was passed with a 724 to 425 vote.

The project calls for “fundamental” improve¬ments to nine buildings within the school district. They are: Willowfield El¬ementary, Elmcrest El¬ementary, Morgan Road Complex (Morgan Road Elementary and the ninth grade Annex), Soule Road Complex, Liverpool High School, the Educational Communication Center, Chestnut Hill Middle, and Chestnut Hill Elementary buildings.

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