Skunk problem remains a low priority for village

— In August 2008 several Third Street residents appeared before the Liverpool Village Board to complain about skunks inundating the neighborhood.

In April 2011 in two separate incidents, Liverpool Police officers shot and killed two skunks which had been behaving strangely in village yards in broad daylight.

Last summer, two longtime Liverpool residents complained to the mayor and trustees that the odious infestation had become unbearable. Salina’s animal-nuisance wildlife trapper told one resident that he was “overwhelmed” by the extent of the skunk problem across the town and unable to prioritize village properties threatened by the pesky polecats.

As a result, Second Street resident Jim Spadafore said, “I think it’s time for the village of Liverpool to hire their own trapper before a wild animal with rabies attacks a child or a pet.”

No action on trappers

On Aug. 20 last year, Mayor Gary White promised Spadafore, “We’ll definitely consider it.” The village would see what it could do during its budget process in the spring of 2013, White said.

Well, the 2013-14 village budget was passed on April 15, but that spending plan included no provisions to hire trappers.

I asked the mayor about the skunk situation, and he agreed that the residents’ concerns merit attention. He suggested that the village might contract with other municipalities to share services for trappers to handle nuisance wildlife.

“Our arrangement with the town of Salina doesn’t work as well as it might,” White observed.

The mayor instructed Trustee Bob Gaetano to discuss the infestation problem with the village’s superintendent of public works, Bill Asmus.

Meanwhile, the skunks continue to proliferate.

Reed all about it!

The Silverwood Clarinet Choir (SCC), including two Liverpool-area reed players, Steve Mason and Linda Spinella, will extend a warm hand of welcome to its audience on Sunday afternoon in Fayetteville when its opens its concert with a charming new composition showcasing seven families of clarinets.

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