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Planning board steps up; Ostuni, et al, make two recommendations regarding the basin block’s future

— Ostuni pointed out that Village Engineer Greg Sgromo suggested surfacing the 40-foot-wide lane “to accommodate for ingress and egress of vehicular traffic and the creation of safe pedestrian access.”

Regarding a second 20-by-178-foot strip of land connecting South Willow Street between the White Water Pub and the Barking Gull, the planning board recommended “that any disposition of that property (or retention of the property) provide for the creation of a walkway for pedestrian access to the interior portions of this mixture of parcels.”

Ostuni noted that such pedestrian access to new developments is supported in the village’s comprehensive plan adopted several years ago.

In July, Gormel said that if he could purchase that parcel, he’d use it to enlarge the Barking Gull parking lot.

Gormel, who owns The Retreat, The Cobblestone, the Barking Gull and Dips & Dogs, an adjacent ice-cream stand, has been attending all meetings of the trustees and the planning board over the past several months. On Sept. 16 he was accompanied by his attorney, Wendy Marsh from the Syracuse firm Hancock and Estabrook.

The trustees hope to proceed in a way that will be “good for everybody’s best interest,” White said.

Three DWIs in August

Via a memo, Liverpool Police Chief Don Morris informed the village board at its Sept. 16 meeting that officers issued 109 citations for violations of the state’s vehicle and traffic laws during August.

In addition three arrests were made for driving while intoxicated and three traffic accidents were investigated.

Officers made 189 residential checks during the month responding to 332 complaints or calls for service.

The trustees approved the hiring of Fred Brough as a part-time LPD officer. Brough, a native of the village, recently retired from the Syracuse Police Department. “He has served in several capacities for the SPD,” noted Mayor White. “He’s a well-rounded guy and Chief Morris speaks highly of him.”

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