Mar 02, 2012 Neil Benjamin Jr. Uncategorized
The village of Jordan is currently looking into the legality of having police officers wear cameras on their vests, and has not voted on anything regarding it, since it was reported in the Eagle Observer a few weeks back.
To clarify, the village is analyzing the cost of equipment and if it is legal for the officers to wear said cameras.
“It’s just being discussed right now,” Linda Boehm, village clerk and treasurer, said in a phone interview. “Nothing has been approved, but we will continue to look into it.”
At the March 1 board meeting, one of the big topics of discussion was about the tree lawns throughout the village. Jordan plows the sidewalks, unlike most other municipalities, so that people who travel on them can be as safe as possible.
But there has been an issue lately with a tenant on Clinton Street, who, according to Boehm and Mayor Richard Platten, has been using the tree lawn in front of the property they rent as a parking space.
The sidewalks in Jordan are four-feet wide, and the plow used to cleanup the snow is 54 inches, or six inches wider than the sidewalk. Couple that with the car, and plowing the sidewalk has become a headache.
“It makes it unsafe for those who use the sidewalk, and also for the people who plow the sidewalk,” Boehm added.
The village sent a letter to the owner of the home, asking that the car not be parked on the tree lawn.
“We maintain the sidewalks,” Platten said. “It’s the commitment we’ve made. Luckily this winter we haven’t had much snow, so it hasn’t been a huge issue.”
The village also prioritized its Community Grant application, opting to seek funds to fix drainage issues on Clinton Terrace Hill. The village also sought funds to fix up the sidewalks, curbs and tree lawns on Clinton Street.
The tree lawns have been affected due to people parking on them, creating issues for the grass. Because of tire marks and other erosion, grass has had a tough time growing, taking away from the village’s ambiance.
The basketball courts at Veteran’s Memorial Pool and Spray Park will soon be getting a face lift. The courts were built on top of the drainage pipes that go to and from the water park next to it, which has caused clogging. In turn, Platten said, silt has piled high on the court and grass has grown on it. Platten is a huge basketball fan.
“For me there are two seasons: Ripe tomato season and Syracuse University basketball,” he said.
LaFleur Construction was the low bidder. Platten said more details will come out of the village’s next meeting.
In other news, Bell and Spina has won the bid to do the roof repairs on village hall.
Neil Benjamin Jr. is a reporter/editor for Eagle Newspapers. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 335 or firstname.lastname@example.org.