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2013: The year that was

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January

East Syracuse, Liverpool police departments formalize shared-services agreement

An informal agreement between the villages of Liverpool and East Syracuse which returned Don Morris to Liverpool as its part-time chief has was approved by reviewed by officials from both villages at the beginning of January.

Morris had served as Liverpool’s chief from 1999 to 2007 before he becoming chief of the East Syracuse Police Department. On Aug. 31, he was hired here part-time to replace outgoing Chief Bill Becker.

Morris works at the Liverpool Police Department headquartered at 310 Sycamore St. from 3:15 to 7:15 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 7 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays Morris works mornings at East Syracuse, and on Tuesday and Wednesday he’s there in the afternoons.

The Liverpool department presently has a chief, one sergeant, three full-time police officers, seven part-time police officers, one civilian employee and several part-time crossing guards.

East Syracuse has a chief, two sergeants, four full-time officers, eight part-timers and one civilian dispatcher-aide. While East Syracuse’s population of 3,178 slightly outnumbers Liverpool’s population of 2,505, but the crime rate in East Syracuse is noticeably higher, Morris said.

LPL Friends group disbands

After months of negotiations, the Liverpool Public Library board of trustees and Friends group were unable to come up with a memorandum of understanding that would formalize the relationship between the two entities.

As a result, the Friends group voted to disband at its Jan. 14 meeting.

The Friends group is a nonprofit organization staffed by volunteers dedicated to supporting the library. Sprague said it has a number of duties, ranging from running the used book sale to funding the Arts Al!ve series to replacing appliances in the library’s staff room.

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