Village trustees hear more complaints about skunks

Chief re-implementing foot patrols

Liverpool new and returning police chief, Don Morris, attended the Liverpool Village Board’s Sept. 17 meeting. “It’s a privilege to be back,” he told trustees. “I’m really honored.”

Morris served as the village’s top cop from 1999 to 2007 before resigning to take over as chief of the East Syracuse Police Department. On Aug. 31, Morris returned to Liverpool as its part-time chief replacing Chief Bill Becker. He also remains at the helm in east Syracuse. Each week, he’s putting in 20 hours here and 40 hours in East Syracuse.

One of Morris’ initial goals in Liverpool is to re-implement foot patrols. “We’re going to be parking our cars and walking the beat again,” he said.

The chief reported that during the month of August, LPD officers issued 107 citations for violations of the state’s vehicle and traffic laws and 35 warnings.

Five arrests were made for driving while intoxicated and 11 traffic accidents were investigated last month. The LPD made 17 arrests on 25 criminal charges.

Officers made 125 residential checks during August while investigating a total of 302 complaints.

— Village Attorney John Langey pointed out that new ordinances would only be effective if they’re strictly enforced.

At the trustees’ Aug. 20 meeting, Second Street homeowner Jim Spadafore said his family’s quality of life had been “compromised” by skunks. “I’ve lived here 20 years and I’ve never seen it this bad,” Spadafore said.

Skunks destroy lawns and gardens, rip open garbage bags and sometimes spray pets and people. As a defense mechanism, skunks discharge a nauseating musk from their posterior glands. The animals are capable of spraying several times with accuracy to about 10 feet. The village of Liverpool is often awash in the repulsive aroma of skunks.

A subfamily to the weasel family, skunks have been known to carry rabies and have occasionally been diagnosed with distemper.

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