Lead abatement, new firefighters on village board's agenda

— Onondaga County Legislator Casey Jordan and Robert DeMore from the county's division of community development made a short presentation on lead abatement funding at the beginning of the Sept. 13 North Syracuse village board meeting.

No residents came to the presentation to express interest in the program.

“I find it hard to believe that there aren't properties in the village of North Syracuse ... or outlying towns that could benefit from this program,” Jordan said. “I think part of the problem is that many people think that they will not be eligible for funding for this program because they don't have children at home.”

The federal grant program awards up to $25,000 for residencies with lead paint problems in Onondaga County. There are some eligibility requirements.

One of the prerequisites for residents to get funding is that a child under the age of six lives in the home or visits often. The property, whether it's rented or owned, must have been built before 1978. The family living in the home must meet income requirements. The gross income limit for a family of three is $48,000; for a family of four it's $52,000.

In addition, owners must have a home insurance policy, must comply with flood zone requirements and must be current with all property taxes and mortgages.

“Our latest grant we just received about another $3 million which will be spread over three years and we're looking for new home owners,” DeMore said.

For information on the program contact the community development division at 435-3558.

In other news, the mayor announced that National Ataxia Day is Sept. 25 and the village was going on record in observance of the day.

“Ataxia estimated effects 150,000 individuals,” said Mayor Mark Atkinson. “Ataxia is often a fatal degenerative neurological disorder that affects balance coordination and speech.”

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