Onondaga County is one of the counties across 10 states that has committed to helping lower prescription drug costs for underinsured residents. Onondaga County’s relationship with the Pro-Act Prescription Discount card began in 2007. Since then, residents have saved more than $21 million on prescription drugs. The goal of the program is to ensure that Onondaga County residents with little or no prescription drug coverage can obtain their medications at a reasonable price.
To the editor: I want to express my thanks to the voters for their support of my campaign for Cicero town councilor.
To the editor: Four weeks after Election Day, the campaigning and vote-counting seem like a distant memory. What remains vivid, however, is meeting hundreds of Cicero residents over several months who expressed a myriad of comments and concerns about our town government. Most I met were happy with the direction of the town these past two years, and I have been proud to work under the leadership of Supervisor Jim Corl. Much has been accomplished in this administration, such as investments in the town’s infrastructure, fiscal accountability, and increased economic development, among many other accomplishments. There is much left to be done, however.
The Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees is moving toward holding a public referendum early next year in order to create a service award program for village firefighters which will, it is hoped, improve the fire department’s ability to recruit and retain new volunteers. While the program would be fully funded by the village — and village taxpayers — its cost of tens of thousands of dollars per year would be far less than the millions of dollars per year needed to fund a department staffed completely by professional firefighters, which could be necessitated by a lack of volunteers.
The Cazenovia Town Planning Board has requested an official, written opinion from the town codes enforcement officer on whether Owera Vineyards is violating town zoning laws by holding so many events at its East Lake Road location. The action was taken after — and apparently in response to — public comments from the winery’s neighbors at the board’s Dec. 5 meeting charging that Owera was operating its numerous events in violation of town zoning laws and the planning board therefore should not approve the winery’s proposed events building. The CEO’s report is due before Dec. 19, the day on which the board will hold a special meeting to continue its site plan review process of Owera’s building request.
Skaneateles town officials last week expressed concerns about a decision made by the village planning board on drainage in Austin Park.
CNY community voices its opinion at forum with State Education Commissioner
For the second time this school year, New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King paid a visit to the Fayetteville-Manlius School District. But instead of observing classrooms and speaking with administrators, this time King faced a crowd of around 200 people, composed mainly of frustrated parents, teachers and students.
The town of Cicero has been very busy making improvements to Riverfront Park, located on the Oneida River in the hamlet of Brewerton
Public hearing set for Jan. 6
East Syracuse Trustee Jim Carr has made three motions at three different board meetings this year to hold a public hearing to discuss the abolishment of the East Syracuse Police Department, and that motion failed each time. But the fourth time was the charm for Carr, and at the board’s Dec. 2 meeting, the motion passed by a vote of 3 – 2. It was Mayor Robert Tackman's vote that decided the outcome.
Dry hydrants will offer water source to firefighters while fire flow is poor
In response to recent concerns about poor pressure to fire hydrants in the village of Skaneateles, local officials have come up with a temporary solution. The village has developed a plan to install several “dry hydrants” to give local firefighters the ability to fight fires, if need be, while the village water has less than sufficient flow to some fire hydrants.
Action called a procedural matter pending planning board review and approval
One month after a state supreme court judge ruled that Cazenovia College must undergo a full site plan review for its proposed fence project around the Schneeweiss Athletic Complex, the college is moving forward with getting its fence erected by preparing its submission to the village planning board. However, working under a court deadline and wanting to keep its options open, the college also last week filed a notice of appeal with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York seeking redress for part of State Supreme Court Judge Donald F. Cerio, Jr.’s Oct. 22 decision.
After four months of discussions, public hearings, investigations, surveys and unresolved votes, the Nelson Town Board last week approved a new local law to prohibit parking along the north side of a portion of North Lake Road in Erieville by the Blue Canoe Grill. The law also included a sunset clause stating that after work improving the north side culvert on that same stretch of road is completed next summer, the board will review the parking situation and could possibly reopen parking along the north side if it feels public safety would not be endangered by doing so.
The Nelson Town Board last week unanimously approved the final 2014 town budget, and although the budget did exceed the state tax levy cap by more than $9,000, it also came in with a 5 percent reduction in the town tax rate.
Tax rate to increase less than two percent
After making minimal changes to its preliminary budget, the Manlius town board adopted a $13 million budget for 2014 at its Nov. 20 meeting. The budget is up 1.9 percent from last year.
In 2007, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a Consent Order for Floradale Road and Viking Place. The Consent Order requires Onondaga County to repair and improve the Electronics Park Trunk Sewer which was originally built in 1948. After careful consideration, the county legislature approved the funding to construct certain improvements to the trunk sewer and the surrounding system. Two phases were scheduled with cost estimates at $10 million. Phase I addressed the connection issues. It was necessary to eliminate the cross connection between the two trunk sewers and rehabilitate up to 50 manholes to eliminate the inflow and infiltration that has contributed to the overflows. An 18-inch diameter pipeline was added to convey wet weather flow from the Electronics Park Trunk Sewer directly to the Liverpool Pump Station’s 2.3 million-gallon storage tank.