Robert S. Dubik, superintendent of schools for Cazenovia Central School District since 2004, will retire when his current contract expires at the end of the 2013-14 academic year. Dubik informed members of the Cazenovia Board of Education of his plans at their June 17 meeting. He notified district staff during an end-of-year celebration June 21.
At its June 10 meeting, the DeWitt town board voted unanimously to pass a resolution which reinforces the idea of looking towards other options for the I-81 project instead of redirecting traffic east of the city of Syracuse on I-481. In May, state officials said they had narrowed the "feasible" choices for the interstate to either rebuilding the bridge that runs through Syracuse or replacing it with a street-level boulevard, similar to Erie Boulevard, and rerouting highway traffic around the city.
Absentee ballots bring the final vote difference to seven votes
Amy Mann and Fritz Koennecke have been elected to the Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees. Final results: Mann - 226; Koennecke - 205; Peggy Van Arnam 198. There were 21 absentee ballots. The results were officially certified by the Madison County Board of Elections at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Village will hold annual fireworks show July 13
About 40 people packed the board room in the East Syracuse municipal building on June 3 for the village’s monthly meeting. The topic of the village’s recently – cancelled fireworks was on the agenda, but that wasn’t what brought the masses in. They were all there because they had just received their first tax bill of the 2013-14 fiscal year - and the fact that they will all have to pay 22 percent more than last year has finally hit home.
In Liverpool, voters approved the budget by a vote of 1,151 to 651. The $135 million budget, which restored several positions cut in previous budgets as well as foreign languages at the seventh-grade level, called for a 4.71 percent tax increase, which, accounting for PILOTS, new construction and other factors, falls within the tax cap.
After three years of discussion and research by board members, the DeWitt town board voted to ban hydrofracking and oil exploration throughout the town on May 13. All seven members agreed that town board’s commitment to protecting the health, safety and welfare of its residents could be put into jeopardy by the possible health and environmental risks posed by fracking.
Four-hour meeting adjourns with agreement but no approval vote
The village planning board will recommend that Empire Brewing Company’s application for a zone change on its Route 13 property from residential to light industrial/agricultural use be approved with conditions by the village board of trustees, the planning board members agreed at their May 13 meeting. The exact conditions for the approval, however, have not been finalized, and the board’s vote to officially approve its recommendation will not occur until Thursday, May 16.
Residents will pay 30 cents more than last year
After a public hearing on April 15, the Manlius village board gathered again on April 30 to present the finalized 2013-14 budget, which calls for a tax rate of $7.90 per $1,000 of assessed home value. This increase is 30 cents more than last year, and means a resident with a home assessed at $100,000 will pay $32 more starting on June 1.
Village cancels annual fireworks show
For the first time in many years, residents of the village of East Syracuse will have to venture elsewhere for their July fireworks, as the celebration was nixed from the budget is an effort to lower the tax rate. Taxpayers will be reaching even further into their pockets as this year’s tax rate is $16.41 per $1,000 of assessed home value, meaning that a house assessed at $100,000 calls for an extra $291 this year.
The East Syracuse Minoa CSD Board of Education was presented a proposed budget on April 22 by the Superintendent for the 2013-14 school year that reduces total spending over the current year and increases the tax levy by 2.59% – a result that is well below the district's permissible tax levy cap.
The Syracuse Police Department responded to a reported car/motorcycle crash that occurred at about 8:05 PM last night at the intersection of James St. at Sedgewick St. Upon arrival, officers located a male who appeared to have sustained serious injuries after the 2009 Aprilia motorcycle he was operating struck another vehicle. The male who was later identified as 38 year old Benjamin Koss of Dewitt, was immediately transported to Upstate Hospital for medical attention, but Koss later died as a result of his injuries.
Tax rate would be the highest in the county at $17.01
Mayor Robert Tackman announced the proposed 2013-14 budget at a public hearing on April 15 to a crowd of East Syracuse village residents who were less than pleased with the numbers. Under the proposed budget, residents would be paying $17.01 per $100,000 of their property’s assessed value. This jump in taxes would make East Syracuse the highest-taxed municipality in the county (Solvay had the highest in 2012-13 with a $13.61 tax rate) and would cost residents about 26 percent more each year.
Manlius Mayor Mark-Paul Serafin took his seat at the head of the table for the last time on March 26 at the village board meeting. In an uncharacteristically short meeting, which lasted only 55 minutes, the board covered a few quick topics, but Judge Joe Greenman’s and Serafin’s goodbye speeches easily stole the show as the highlights of the meeting.
Citizens’ Party sweeps Manlius election, Tackman is East Syracuse mayor and Hughes wins Fayetteville justice race
Paul Whorrall and his Citizens’ Party easily beat out Mark- Paul Serafin and the Vision Party Tuesday night in what will most likely go down in Manlius village history as one of the most controversial elections ever. Whorrall topped Serafin 869 votes to 198 votes in an election that saw a tremendous voter turnout in the village.
Citizens' Party sweeps Manlius, Hughes and Tackman win Fayetteville and East Syracuse respectively
Paul Whorrall and the Citizens' Party swept Manlius Tuesday night, winning the mayoral candidacy as well as all three open trustee spots and the village justice seat. Robert Tackman won in the East Syracuse mayoral race and Jim Hughes won in Fayetteville and is the new village justice.