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LETTER: Town clerk responds to minutes issue

To the editor: As the elected town clerk of the town of Lysander, I find it extremely important to respond to a recent article in the Baldwinsville Messenger entitled “Lysander town officials squabble over meeting minutes.” I want to assure the people of Lysander that the minutes that I prepare of any and all town board meetings accurately reflect what transpired at those meetings.

LETTER: Diamond responds to minutes article

To the editor: Many of you, I’m sure, have read the recent article that appeared in the Baldwinsville Messenger entitled “Lysander town officials squabble over meeting minutes.” As one of your elected town councilors I felt compelled to respond.

Cicero wraps up 2014 business

The Cicero Town Board took care of some housekeeping for its final meeting of 2014, which took place Dec. 10.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Federal lunch changes cost schools

School lunch purchases are on the decline. According to the New York School Nutrition Association, more than 19 million fewer meals were sold across the state during the 2012-13 school year than the year before. In the 2011-12 school year, 94 million meals were sold, but in 2012-13, only 75 million were sold.

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Five for fighting

Public comments turn ugly at Lysander town board

The public comment period at the Dec. 15 Lysander Town Board meeting turned into a shouting match over the Lysander Community Ice Arena and Councilor Melinda Shimer’s idea to remove board and public discussion from the minutes.

Communication breakdown

Plainville Fire District vote sparks discussion about improving communication

While the highlight of the Plainville Fire District’s annual election last week was the approval of Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) benefits for volunteer firefighters, the vote has sparked a discussion among fire district officials about improving communication with the public.

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East Syracuse police chief to retire

Departure will coincide with DeWitt Police Department merger

East Syracuse Police Chief Donald Morris has announced his intention to retire from the department after more than six years in the position.

FROM THE LEGISLATURE: County legislature authorizes necessary sewer improvements

As a member of the Environmental Protection Committee at the legislature, I receive quarterly updates on the lake improvement project, as well as various projects taking place across the county to mitigate stormwater infiltration in to our sewers. Surprisingly, most of our water treatment and sewer infrastructure is more than four decades old. Investments to the infrastructure that is underground has paled in comparison to the infrastructure that we see every day — our roads and bridges.

Town planning board closes public hearing on Owera Vineyards’ proposed event building

After a two-hour public hearing to discuss the proposed new 6,300 square-foot events building by Owera Vineyards on its East Lake Road land, the Cazenovia Town Planning Board closed the public hearing on the issue, which means a decision by the board on whether or not to approve the application must be made within the next two months. The hearing was similar to many of the previous public hearings on Owera’s proposals during the past year with East Lake Road neighborhood residents voicing concerns over the winery’s noise, lighting, traffic and hours of operation. There were, however, a few new points and facts brought up at the planning board’s Dec. 4 meeting — including the news that Owera owner Peter Muserlain is currently in the midst of an intellectual property theft lawsuit that potentially could affect, if not disable, his plans for the new winery building.

Village board presents proposed law to change Riverside Drive zoning

The Cazenovia village board last week released a proposed local law to change the zoning of the Riverside Drive/Chittenenago Creek corridor behind the public library in its attempt to improve the undeveloped area.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Is weather detection system necessary? Spend budget surplus on Upstate infrastructure, too

Here in central New York, our municipal budgets are often stretched during time of high snowfall because of snow removal costs. If anything, $18 million would be better used to provide our municipalities assistance with these costs as opposed to using the $18 million on a duplicative weather detection system.

Lysander town officials squabble over meeting minutes

Members of the Lysander Town Board are at odds over a proposal to alter the makeup of its minutes, the official record of what happened at board meetings. At the town board’s work session preceding its Dec. 1 meeting, Councilor Melinda Shimer suggested the minutes be simplified and only include resolutions and formal votes. Shimer’s suggestion would eliminate board member discussion and public comments from the minutes.

From the state senate: Support Cell Phones for Soldiers

I have kicked off my seventh-annual Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive to help our soldiers serving overseas stay connected with their loved ones back home, especially during the holidays. You can support this important cause by donating your gently-used mobile phones to any of my designated collection sites throughout Onondaga County and the city of Auburn. 

Sheriff-Elect Gene Conway requests full departmental audit before taking office

Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci and Onondaga County Sheriff-Elect Gene Conway today announced that the Comptroller’s office will conduct a full departmental audit of the Sheriff's office at the request of the incoming Sheriff.

Volunteers make holiday efforts possible

This time of year, there are a number of foot soldiers out there working to make someone’s holiday special. Whether it’s adopting a family to make sure they have presents under the tree or working at a local community dinner to ensure that people have a warm holiday meal in good company, many volunteer their time to give back to their community.

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