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Manlius town board eliminates opt out option of trash and brush pickup policy, makes surcharge mandatory

The Manlius Town Board last week approved a town-wide resolution to eliminate the opportunity for residents to opt out of trash and brush pickup in the two town trash and brush districts. The new policy will take effect Jan. 1, 2015. The intent of the resolution is to save the town money and make trash and brush pickup and payment more fair, although at least one board member offered concerns over the removal of residents’ freedom to choose who their trash and brush haulers will be.

Three dozen residents attend public hearing on therapist’s plan for Birch St. home

It’s a gorgeous three-level, 14-room home at the base of Birch Street facing Onondaga Lake Park. Since it was constructed by Liverpool businessman Val Lamont two decades ago, the house has remained vacant. Lamont initially planned to move his family into the mini-mansion at 101½ Birch St., but when his late wife, Victoria, decided against it, he put it on the market for more than $500,000. Known by many as “the Christmas Tree house” because a holiday fir stands year-round in one of the home’s many expansive windows, the property attracted interest but no serious offers. Now a potential buyer, Janet Marie Urban of Nedrow, says she’ll purchase the house if she can secure a special permit from the village to allow her to operate a home-based business there. A tobacco treatment specialist, Urban’s permit application is presently under review by the Village Planning Board.

Village police get grants

At the Aug. 18 meeting of the Village of Liverpool Board of Trustees, Police Chief Don Morris updated the board about recent grants and donations he has secured, totaling more than $17,500. Grants received from the State Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program have equipped each LPD vehicle with digital cameras, binoculars and flashlights. The funds also paid for the installation of a license plate reader on the department’s new patrol car and for enhancement of security at the Village Hall, at 310 Sycamore St., where police headquarters is located.

On the campaign trail: Katko responds to allegations: ‘I was the victim of a crime’

Republican Congressional candidate John Katko is fighting back against accusations of wrongdoing relating to a gun crime that took place in April of 2000. According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, Katko purchased a personal firearm to protect the safety of his family in late 1999. On April 3, 2000, Katko and his wife attended an event at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on the city’s west side. He left the gun, loaded, out of view in his car. While Katko was inside the church, someone broke into his car and stole a duffel bag, which contained the gun.

Van Buren Town Board in brief

The Van Buren Town Board met Aug. 19 for a brief session to discuss and act on the following items.  The Seneca Knolls year seven drainage project was awarded to Liverpool-based JJ Lane in the amount of $181,777. The board received bids that ranged from JJ Lane’s base bid up to $286,450.

Minoa Fire Department receives more than $23,000 in funding

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Dan Maffei announced last week that the Minoa Fire Department has been awarded $23,731 in Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Minoa Fire Department will use this grant to purchase a large-diameter fire hose.

Town zoning board rejects Owera appeal, says winery must abide by stated hours of operation

ZBA also rules winery event tent is not a building and therefore cannot run events past approved hours

Owera Vineyards’ three-season event tent is not an indoor building, as the winery owners claim, but an outdoor facility; and all events held at the winery — whether in the tent or not — must abide by the prescribed hours of operation as approved by the town planning board in 2012, hours which are enforceable by the town. This was the decision of the Town Zoning Board of Appeals, issued Monday, Aug. 25, at the ZBA’s regular monthly meeting, in response to an appeal by Owera seeking to overturn a town zoning enforcement officer determination concerning allowable facility events.

Lysander Town Board to continue Aug. 25 meeting on Thursday, Aug. 28

The Lysander Town Board’s meeting of Aug. 25 was adjourned until 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. The work session planned for that evening will be held after the Aug. 28 meeting is adjourned. The first two resolutions on the Aug. 25 agenda are being discussed and will be voted upon on Thursday, said Supervisor John Salisbury.

Take precautions against mosquitos

Every year, the Onondaga County Department of Health begins surveillance and control of the mosquito population in May. They monitor more than 20 traps across the county, testing mosquitoes for West Nile and EEE. EEE was identified in the Cicero Wildlife Management area in early July which prompted an aerial spraying on July 22 after obtaining the necessary approval from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. This helped to reduce the mosquito count, but with the recent wet-weather, additional spraying throughout the neighborhoods surrounding the management area was authorized and the truck spraying occurred Aug. 17. This will continue to be monitored by the department of health.

League of Women Voters to host information meeting on upcoming redrawing of state legislative and congressional districts

The Leagues of Women Voters of Cazenovia and the Syracuse Metropolitan Area are co-hosting an informational meeting on Thursday, Sept. 18, concerning the plan to reform the manner in which state legislative and congressional districts are drawn in New York State.

Cazenovia, Nelson business projects recommended for $1.5 million in state funding

Route 20 hotel, Owera Vineyards and Route 20 agri-tourism business all make the cut

The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council last Friday recommended three dozen business projects as top priority for $26.6 million in state funding as a way to bolster the region’s economic growth — and three of those projects, worth nearly $1.5 million, are either in or have direct ties to Cazenovia. There are also two major projects just down the road from Cazenovia in Hamilton.

Lysander supervisor gives town update

Messenger Editor Tami Scott recently met with Lysander Supervisor John Salisbury and Deputy Supervisor Melinda Shimer to talk about current events within the town. The following questions focus on such projects as the sale of the Lysander Ice Rink, an upcoming truck purchase in the highway department and the next step in the construction of a community residence for boys on Doyle Road.

Fenner town board looks at ADA polling requirements, illegal dumping issues

The Fenner Town Board had a short meeting last week, in which they discussed necessary changes to the town to conform to the Americans with Disabilities Act and a recent increase in illegal dumping.

Some thoughts on the proposed Western Gateway zoning law by a member of the legislative committee

GUEST COLUMN

Public comments on the proposed Village Gateway West zone have resulted in a much clearer and better law, now incorporating changes which attempt to alleviate many of the concerns that have been expressed — including noise, parking, protection of the lake, construction of new buildings, expansion of existing buildings and protection of historic character. I encourage everyone to take a look at the most recent draft on the village website.

Village to hold public input session on proposed Creekside district redevelopment

The village will conduct a public input session as part of the planning process for the Creekside Planned Development District at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the village offices, located at 90 Albany St.