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North Syracuse police chief resigns

North Syracuse Chief of Police Thomas Connelly has resigned from his position. The move was announced at Thursday's village board meeting.

North Syracuse Chief of Police Thomas Connelly has resigned from his position. The move was announced at Thursday's village board meeting.

The mayor plans to convene a panel of law-enforcement professionals to determine where the village goes from here.

“There will be no disruption in the quality of public safety in the village of North Syracuse,” he said.

In other news:

The village started the process of acquiring a 10-wheel dump truck. The chassis of the truck is expected to cost $122,000, while the box is expected to cost $27,856. Getting the new truck was already accounted for in this year's budget.

The Department of Public Works also announced this year's street paving plan:

Melrose Drive from John Street to Tallowwood Circle

Wells Avenue East, South Main Street to South Bay Road

Wells Avenue West from Herman Drive to Catherine Street

Tuller Avenue from Sunnybrook Drive to dead end

The mayor said he was getting feedback about the construction on Bear Road, “none of it good,” he said. “The good news is they should be done by the end of next week [June 2.]”

The board turned down a chance to add more trees to the streets of North Syracuse. The possibility of the board applying for a matching grant was brought up by village engineer Amy Franco. The grant was a 50-50 grant matching up to $25,000.

“It think that the village fits nicely,” she said. “This is just one of those grants that fits the village.”

Atkinson was undecided on the grant, concerned by it being both an additional expense and an additional source of money. Support by the rest of the board was lackluster too. One trustee felt that the village already had an abundance of trees.

“We got more trees than we know what to do with,” Gary Butterfield said.

The board turned the grant application down.

Finally, Director of Parks and Recreation Teresa Roth announced the community pool would be opening in three weeks.

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