The Lysander Town Board passed a variety of resolutions at its Jan. 26 meeting. Notably, the board approved the creation of the Pompo Woods drainage and sewer districts as well as the retirement and reinstatement of two employees and took care of some business regarding the Lysander Radisson Community Arena.
With a somewhat laissez-faire approach, the town of Van Buren has opted to help make information about solar power options available to interested residents. The town board voted Jan. 20 to authorize Supervisor Claude Sykes to send a letter expressing interest about the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Community Solar NY program, a solar energy initiative led by the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board (CNYRPDB) and the national Solar Roadmap Initiative.
With a new year comes new commitments and renewed hope. Last week, the assembly welcomed new representatives. The swearing-in ceremony reminds all who attend to renew our commitment to public service.
About 50 people crowded into the Van Buren Town Hall to share their opinions on the proposed “Ash for Trash” waste management partnership between Onondaga and Cortland counties Jan. 6.
I am always impressed with the quality and variety of our local producers — cheese, vegetables, wines and breads. The good news is our economy is benefitting more from these local products.
Former Lysander town councilor Russ Johnson weighs in on suit by the town's former dog warden.
Now that the dust — well, snow — of 2014 has settled, the Messenger caught up with local elected officials to find out their New Year’s resolutions for 2015. Here’s what they hope to accomplish in their municipalities.
Lysander town board votes to sell ice rink
Despite the rift between the “JAM” coalition and Republican councilors Bob Geraci and Roman Diamond, the Lysander town board is taking steps to sell the Lysander Radisson Community Arena. The board voted Jan. 5 to sell the arena to Rochester-based developer DHD for $550,000. The vote was unanimous, but Diamond voiced his disapproval of the town’s lack of notice before the sale.
MEETING NEWS: The Lysander Town Board will be holding a work session at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, Lysander Town Hall, 8220 Loop Road, Baldwinsville.
In this year’s midterm elections, Onondaga County had to elect a new sheriff after Kevin Walsh announced his retirement from the position he held for 20 years. In a competitive race between Republican Gene Conway and Democrat Toby Shelley, Conway won the race by a margin of 8,000 votes. Conway, who was chief of police for the town of DeWitt when he was elected, was sworn-in as sheriff on Dec. 17 at DeWitt Town Hall. Eagle Newspapers reporter Hayleigh Gowans got the chance to interview Conway shortly before he takes office at midnight on Dec. 31.
There are many in our local communities who donate their time and talents to make sure that others do not go without around the holidays. I like reading the news this time of year and finding stories about charities that were helped or how one person can inspire others to give, and even save a life.
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Board also discusses winter safety, 'Ash for Trash'
The town of Van Buren has renewed its solid waste management agreement with the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA). The previous 25-year agreement, which OCRRA held with Van Buren and 32 other municipalities, expires this year.
Since the passage of Obamacare, polling consistently has shown people do not view the program favorably. Indeed, as has recently been reported, Dr. Gruber, one of the so-called architects of Obamacare, was recorded as saying that the only reasons the law passed Congress was because of the stupidity of the American voters and that there was a lack of transparency as to how the law was going to be financed. Gruber’s comments notwithstanding, this past election confirmed for many federal legislators who voted for Obamacare that the “stupid” American voter was going to hold them accountable for the passage of this flawed law. This is a sentiment that isn’t just coming from a Republican. Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer in a post-election speech also said as much.
To the editor: Over the last few weeks, we have read various views on the Lysander Town Board meetings and some of the councilors’ wishes to change the way meeting minutes are kept. I have attended a vast majority of the work sessions and board meetings since January 2011, ran for town office on two occasions and have recently become a member of the Lysander Republican Committee after petitioning this past summer for the position. I feel that a more neutral position and summation needs to be written.