From the Mayor: Finance, Diligence and Facts

Mark Atkinson

One of the main duties of Mayor is to balance the budget. That has been extremely hard in recent history. Last year The Onondaga County sales tax agreement expired and as a result the Village of North Syracuse lost approximately a half million dollars from our revenue stream. Additionally the cost of business has been escalating. Energy prices and pensions costs are just two of several areas that have risen quickly.

We have been making changes in the Village Government to reduce costs while maintaining the high quality of services that we are accustomed to. We have made changes that will result in the savings of approximately 400K. To reach that reduction we had to make some difficult decisions. The following is a summary of personnel changes.

  • Converted 5 fulltime positions to part-time Combined three clerks into two
  • Eliminated two part-time positions

We have also changed the legal representation of the Village and other miscellaneous contracts saving thousands of dollars.

We are exploring different ways to reduce our electrical bill for street lighting. Our current bill is approximately 400K per year. We are looking at reducing some lighting and ensuring that what we have on, is the most efficient form of lighting.

I believe that another important duty of the Mayor is to look at all options. This requires due diligence. I have served on several committees prior to being elected and as an elected official. On all of these committees I have explored all the options, prepared a report, and briefed the Village Board. As an example, a few years ago I was asked to be on a committee to research the sufficiency of operating the Village Government in the existing building on South Bay Rd. I developed options and briefed the Village Board. The Village Board decided to have public hearings to receive feedback from the community. As a result of that process that Board decided to make only some minor changes to alleviate some hazards identified by the workplace violence protection program. The needed energy improvements and poor interior design will have to wait. I will continue to look at all reasonable options in an effort to improve the Village of North Syracuse.

What you are reading are facts. If you hear or read anything different and would like clarification please feel free to contact me at Village Hall.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Join us for the 10th Annual Family Festival on May 23rd at Lonergan Park. See the calendar for more info.

Come out for the Memorial Day Parade along Main Street on May 25th. Begins at Lonergan Park at 9am and ends at Veteran's Memorial Park with a short memorial service and dedication to our Veteran's

Registration has begun for our Summer Day Camp program. Youth 5 -14 are invited to join our trained staff for 7 weeks of fun in an outdoor/park setting. This program is very affordable. See the Parks Dept page or Summer Flyer for more info.

Yoga classes are held on Wednesdays at 4pm & 5:30 pm at the Community Center. Register through the Parks Office.

New members are invited to join the North Syracuse Community Chorus. Weekly rehearsals are held at the Community Center on Tuesdays at 6:30pm.

Upcoming Events
  • May 23, 2015 – Family Festival
    11:00 am, Community
  • May 25, 2015 – Memorial Day Parade
    8:30 am, Community
  • May 28, 2015 – Village Board Meeting
    4:30 pm, Board Meetings
  • May 30, 2015 – New York State Boater's Safety Course
    8:30 am, Community
  • May 30, 2015 – Summer Camp Registration
    9:00 am, Community
  • June 1, 2015 – Public Safety Meeting
    4:00 pm, Community
Local Weather

Freeze Warning

Issued:
10:58 PM EDT on May 22, 2015
Expires:
9:00 AM EDT on May 23, 2015
Clear
Saturday 05/23 0%
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A mainly sunny sky. High near 65F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.
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Sunday 05/24 0%
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Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 79F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Monday 05/25 40%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Scattered thunderstorms in the morning. Cloudy skies late. High 81F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.