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Lysander parks and rec director retires

Parks and Recreation Director Ann Smiley has officially retired after 23 years in Lysander.

The Lysander Town Board accepted her resignation at its July 14 regular meeting.

“We are accepting this resignation with regret,” said Supervisor John Salisbury. “[Ann’s] done an excellent job with the program in Lysander and I wish her the best.” As former commissioner of Onondaga County Parks, Councilor Robert Geraci also recognized Smiley for her achievements, saying she’s been one of the primary movers in the community of parks and recreation.

 The board formally adopted rules for speaking at public meetings. The rules have been in place for years, Salisbury said, “this just formalizes [it].” Those who wish to speak must state their name and address. The board has recently faced opposition to this requirement from one person who wants to speak during town board meetings, but would rather remain anonymous.

The board authorized Salisbury to send a letter to CSX in support of a request made by the New York State Department of Transportation Planning and Program Management to make the Route 48 CSX crossing exempt. The rail line has been out of service for more than a year and CSX has no potential customers on the horizon, Salisbury said. This step would allow HAZMAT vehicles and school buses to pass without stopping.

The board awarded Christopher D. Zimmerman with a low quote of $10,500 contract to replace the soffit on Lysander Town Hall. Other quotes ranged from $17,500 to $22,463. Funds were allocated for this project in this year's budget.

After receiving various proposals to redesign the town website, townoflysander.org, the town is contracting with the Syracuse-based advertising agency, Cowley Associates. The request for proposal stated the cost was not to exceed $14,000. Salisbury said the money will be spent over five years, with the first year costing approximately $6,000.

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