continued It was also noted that this move was not being made to consolidate the services of the two towns’ highway departments with the village of Baldwinsville’s highway department. However, consolidation is on the table for future consideration, according to officials, but a study must be first. Baldwinsville resident Casey Ostrander said that the towns should conduct a study first, showing residents the benefit of giving up their vote, before placing the referendum on the ballot. Both supervisors said this would be a waste of money if residents were just going to vote the referendum down.
“The first step to see if the study is warranted,” Sykes said.
Salisbury added the Lysander board doesn’t want to expend monies before knowing whether movement will move forward. If the vote does pass, Salisbury, Sykes and Baldwinsville Mayor Joe Saraceni are all going to Albany to seek funds for the study.
Saraceni, who acted as mediator during the meeting, said having an appointed highway superintendent in the village has been very beneficial to the village as a whole.
“Improvement in the village over the past 15 years would have been very difficult if the highway superintendent didn’t agree with the direction the board was going,” Saraceni said. “Having the supervisor accountable to the board has made those goals possible.”
When told by an audience member that the towns were taking residents’ right to vote, Salisbury responded, “We’re not taking your vote, we’re giving you the choice. We hope in the end, there is a tax savings for you. You have to start some place. We have no hidden agendas, we’re not power hungry, we’re in a position to analyze the options.”
The referendum will be on the Tuesday, Nov. 6, ballot in both the towns of Lysander and Van Buren.