Village plans to negotiate enhanced services agreement with DeWitt
East Syracuse residents will have to wait at least another month to find out the fate of their police department.
Tuesday, Jan. 21, was a busy day for village of Liverpool officials. Three of the village’s four trustees along with Deputy Village Clerk Sandra Callahan and Police Chief Don Morris addressed some 60 attendees at the monthly luncheon hosted that day by the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. Then the village board conducted its monthly meeting that evening.
School districts in Central New York and beyond are in trouble, and it’s time we do something about it. That’s the message behind a pair of forums to be held Feb. 4 and 5 in Auburn and North Syracuse by the Central New York School Boards Association (CNY SBA) in conjunction with the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison, Cayuga-Onondaga, Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga and Oswego County BOCES. The forums, which will take place at Auburn West Middle School and North Syracuse Junior High School, respectively, will focus on the major factors causing those financial issues and how school administrators, teachers and community members can make a difference.
RoAnn Destito, New York State commissioner of the Office of General Services, gave a presentation on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget proposal at Skaneateles Library on Jan. 22.
The Skaneateles Village Board voted to advertise for a bid for a water system improvement project to be done this spring, at its Jan. 23 meeting.
Continuing lack of state aid, other facts, means district could run out of money in near future
After losing $5 million in state aid during the past five years and using reserve funds to fill the gap — and with aid this year currently anticipated to be a mere $60,000 above last year — the Cazenovia Central School District was recently declared a district “susceptible to fiscal stress,” in the latest Fiscal Stress Monitoring System report released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. In layman’s terms, this means the district is in danger of running out of money in the near future, said District Superintendent Bob Dubik.
Will go to public referendum vote in June
The Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees has unanimously endorsed a proposal to create a retirement benefits program for the members of the Cazenovia Volunteer Fire Department. The program will not be instituted, however, until it is approved by village residents in a public referendum vote, which will occur during the regularly scheduled village election in June.
After 12 years of serving as the DeWitt Police Chief, Gene Conway announced his candidacy for Onondaga County sheriff in 2014 on Jan. 9. Soon after, Conway sat down with Eagle Bulletin editor Allie Wenner to talk more about his past experiences in the sheriff’s department and DeWitt and what he’s looking forward to in the future as he gears up to start his campaign.
Creates Gothic Cottage Advisory Committee, begins process for potential lake chemical treatment
The Cazenovia Town Board — all members dressed in business casual attire in accordance with the new dress code — last week made its organizational appointments for the coming year and took action on a number of town issues, including the creation of a Gothic Cottage Advisory Committee.
Prompted by a letter from Village Mayor Marty Hubbard last week, Skaneateles town officials said they will investigate the possibility of moving the town offices into the vacant space in the new village hall.
The Nelson Town Board last week unanimously approved the creation of a new municipal ambulance service in the town of Nelson in order for the municipality to be allowed to contract with the Georgetown Ambulance Service to provide emergency medical coverage of the southern portion of the town.
DEC proposes regulatory changes to prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species at boat launches
Public comments accepted through Feb. 24
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is proposing new regulations to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) at DEC boat launches, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced.
Has experience in village and town government positions
A local businessman with long experience in community volunteerism and political service was appointed last week as the newest member of the Cazenovia Town Board. Thomas M. Driscoll, 60, of Old Farms Lane, was unanimously approved by the town board at its Jan. 13 meeting to fill the seat made vacant by Bill Zupan after he resigned to assume his new position as town supervisor.
During its first regular meeting of 2014, the Fenner Town Board convened with a new supervisor, one new town board member, one vacant board seat and a slew of reorganizational appointments and decisions, which included the moving of the monthly town board meetings to a different day of the week.
Skaneateles Police Chief Lloyd Perkins will remain in his position through the end of 2014.