Village of L’pool officials impress chamber members with progress plans

— Trustee Dennis Hebert pointed out that Morris personally helped apprehend a murder suspect fleeing from a double stabbing at 915 Second St. on Oct. 28. “The chief is not only an administrator,” Hebert said. “He’s armed and ready to pursue the bad guys himself. We’re very proud of our police department.”

Trustee Bob Gaetano described the work done by the village department of public works headed by Superintendent Bill Asmus. “When it snows, these guys clear 18 miles of roads in the village plus sidewalks,” Gaetano said. “They also take care of our parks and our cemetery year-round.”

Deputy Village Clerk Sandy Callahan drew a laugh after she was introduced. “They can say whatever they want,” she said, “but we’re the ones who really run the village.”

Callahan and Village Clerk Mary Ellen Sims collect taxes, run the village’s website and Facebook page, take complains and keep records.

The clerk’s office also takes up to ten telephone calls daily “that have nothing to do with the village of Liverpool,” she said. Many people confuse the village with Liverpool, England, various other Liverpools in the Western Hemisphere or call the village when they should be calling the town of Salina, the town of Clay or U.S. Post Office.

Hebert, a professional financial planner, briefly discussed the village’s fiscal health. In 2010, he recalled, Onondaga County rescinded its sales-tax sharing arrangement with towns and villages. “We lost $400,000, and that’s a lot of money,” Hebert said. That county action prompted the first tax increase in the village in 14 years. Taxes went up 22 percent in 2011, but since then the tax rate has remained stable and no raise is projected for 2014.

“At our annual audit every year we get outstanding reviews which is a testament to the work done by our clerks, Mary Ellen Sims and Sandy Callahan,” Hebert said. “The auditors say we’re one of the most fiscally sound municipalities they’ve seen.”

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