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Manlius town board continues work on new trash and brush municipal contracts

The Manlius town board is continuing its work on choosing its municipal trash and brush collecting contractors for next year, after having a lengthy discussion about the public contract bidding process at its Oct. 8 meeting. The town received four bidders each for both trash and brush pickup contracts, but board members felt they needed more time to sift through the details of the submitted bids and decided to hold off on a vote until their Oct. 22 meeting.

Village board hears Creekside redevelopment plan update

For the first time in about six months, the Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees monthly meeting had no controversial topics on the agenda, no public hearings and no crowds of concerned spectators filling the board meeting room. Instead, the board discussed much simpler local issues such as an update on the progress of the Creekside Planned Development District, water line extension requests, approving an inter-municipal agreement with the town over proposed fire department training, resident concerns about a poor street paving job and a resignation from the village zoning board of appeals.

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Town wrapping up lake weed control efforts for 2014

With the onset of fall, the town of Cazenovia has begun wrapping up its Cazenovia Lake restoration/weed control efforts for the year and started preparing for 2015.

Federal disaster loans available for small businesses

SBA announces loans available for recovery from two weather incidents

U.S. Representative Richard Hanna recently announced Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes in several counties in New York’s 22nd Congressional District as a result of two weather incidents.

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Buyea resigns as Fenner town clerk

Fenner Town Clerk Joanne Buyea announced last week she will be leaving her position on Oct. 31. Buyea has served as town clerk for more than 13 years, and said she is leaving to spend more time at home with her husband, who is retired.

Cicero hears residents’ comments on budget

The Cicero Town Board held a public hearing for the preliminary 2015 budget Oct. 8. Consultant Jim Rowley presented the budget in detail and members of the public offered their comments on the proposed budget. “While no one’s excited to raise taxes, the town is working hard to provide services without breaking the bank and creating strain,” Rowley said.

Citizens learn to prepare for disasters in East Syracuse

About 700 citizens gathered in East Syracuse last week to attend Governor Cuomo’s NYS Citizen’s Preparedness Training and learn what to do in case of a natural, man-made or technical emergency. The event, which was held Tuesday, Sept. 30, at ESM high school, was part of program launched by Governor Cuomo in February 2014 with the plan to provide free emergency and disaster training to participants taught by the National Guard. So far, there have been about 140 training events throughout the state.

Fayetteville Western Gateway project plans submitted to village board

Plans for the Village of Fayetteville’s Western Gateway Green Infrastructure Enhancement project have been presented to the board of trustees. This project would improve road and sidewalk conditions on Route 5, add green infrastructure, as well as add aesthetic elements to the western entrance to the village.

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FREE center in Fenner breaks ground for new educational building

The Fenner Renewable Energy Educational (FREE) Center has broken ground for construction of an educational building that is being added to the center to teach about renewable energy options.

Cazenovia receives nearly $10K in farmland protection grant funding

The town of Cazenovia recently was awarded $9,700 by the state agriculture department under a new program designed to help municipalities amend local regulations that affect agricultural land and farm operations. The grant will assist Cazenovia as it works to revise various sections of its zoning law to align recommendations made in the Town of Cazenovia Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan.

LETTER: Towns cannot accept partial payments on school taxes

To the editor: Please be advised that we cannot under New York state law accept a partial payment at the present time, since your first partial must be made in the penalty-free time, which ended Oct. 3.

OCHD seeks public input

I need your help. A major focus of mine in the legislature is health care and, as vice-chair of the Health Committee, I invite your input on our health future. The Onondaga County Health Department (OCHD) is seeking your feedback on two documents: the 2014-18 Strategic Plan and the 2014-17 Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan. The documents and surveys are available at ongov.net/health/publicfeedback.html

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Town planning board reviews latest Owera building proposal

Owera Vineyards is back before the town planning board seeking to build a new 6,300 square-foot “Promotion and Marketing Facility” to replace its three-season events tent for special winery functions. If approved, the new building would be larger and more functional than the current events tent — and would be built using state-of-the-art soundproofing materials in order to eliminate the noise issues and complaints the winery has been fighting against for more than a year.

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$4 million bond resolution approved for DeWitt Carrier Field project

A resolution to apply for $4 million in bonds to help fund the Carrier Field project in DeWitt was approved by the town board at its Oct. 6 meeting.

Lysander hires consultant for ice arena

The Lysander Town Board voted Oct. 2 to hire a management consultant for the Lysander Radisson Community Arena, of which the town took control last month. Robyn L. Bentley-Graham signed a contract Oct. 3 with the town to manage the daily operations of the ice rink and create a business plan to ensure the arena’s future profitability.

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