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Village of North Syracuse to give senior firefighters their due

— The village board of North Syracuse resolved it would pay a $25,687 claim made by the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) at its June 28 meeting. The claim involves the fire department's Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP). Mayor Mark Atkinson explained the situation.

“This goes back to a claim that was received back in 2009,” he said. “The firefighters that continued to serve the community after the age of 62 did not receive credit. Since that time it has been established by the EEOC that the village does indeed owe certain individuals credits for years served after 62. We did what we were supposed to do, but in the eyes of the EEOC it didn't make a difference. Now we’ve got to pay up.”

Village attorney Scott Chatfield said that, although the village followed the law, they were determined to owe the firefighters.

“The EEOC has made or is in the process of making a ruling that says that, notwithstanding the fact that we complied completely with the law, we have to go back and make up this shortfall for these individuals,” he said.

In other news:

The board authorized a motion for the paving of the village municipal parking lot to be done by Superior Seal and Paving for $30,330. The job went to the lowest bidder that included the prevailing rate

“For the price differences it's still going to be the lowest and the probably best for the job that we want to get done,” said DPW Superintendent Gary Wilmer.

The North Syracuse Police Benevolent Association announced a safe riding program for children in the village. In partnership with Plank Road Ice Cream, the association has passed out coupons to police officers of the village.

The officers will be randomly awarding the coupons for a free ice cream to children under 16 who are seen wearing their safety helmets while riding their bicycles, skateboards and scooters.

The next village board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. July 12 at the community center.

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