Monthly Archives: July 2018

Special Town Board Meeting


There will be a Special Meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Cicero, to be held at Cicero Town Hall, 8236 Brewerton Road, Cicero, New York 13039 on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., to consider the following for the New Highway Garage Project:

To approve the materials relative to the Site Contract of the New Highway Garage.

To accept the Electrical Construction Bid and HVAC Construction Bid.

To reject and re-bid the Plumbing Contract for the New Highway Facility

Any other business that comes before the board

Brewerton Public Meeting

BREWERTON, NY July 17, 2018 – The Town of Cicero will be hosting a Public Meeting to discuss future improvements to the Hamlet and long-term community planning topics.

The meeting will be held at the Brewerton Fire Department at 9625 Brewerton Road on Tuesday, July 17th at 6:30 pm. This workshop will introduce the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program project, describe the planning efforts underway, and provide the public with the opportunity to suggest potential improvements or projects they would like to see in Brewerton.

The meeting will be an opportunity to review and comment on previous ideas for community improvements, as well as to provide new ideas for areas such as: connecting downtown to Oneida Lake and the river, improving pedestrian connections and trails, wayfinding, gateways, and recreation opportunities.

This meeting is an early step in an ongoing planning process for the Hamlet of Brewerton and Town of Cicero. Staff members from the Town and a consulting team will be on hand to help guide the discussion. All local residents and business owners are encouraged to attend and provide input!

A second public meeting will be held later in the year to present and review the recommendations of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, once they have been developed. This work is being funded by the Environmental Protection Fund Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (EPF LWRP) administered by the New York State Department of State.

Beach Road Closure

The Onondaga County Water Authority has notified the town that Beach Road will be closed until August 10th for repairs. The road will be closed to all traffic and not passable. Area businesses such as Aero Marina remain open and will have to be accessed via Muskrat Bay Road. There are numerous signage in place advising of the closing and detours. Beach Road should be utilized by local resident and business traffic only.

The Important Role of Our Tax Receiver

There was a letter published recently in the Star-Review regarding a grassroots effort to eliminate the receiver of taxes position in the Cicero Town Hall. The claim suggests that this would lower our taxes.

We (myself as supervisor, our comptroller and the 2017 town board) looked at consolidating the tax office into the town clerk’s office after our former tax receiver retired. We chose not to.

We found no savings. The town of Cicero collects taxes for the village of North Syracuse, four school districts, including our own North Syracuse Central School District, and for the town of Cicero and Onondaga County.

If the elected position is eliminated, the town still has a legal requirement to continue collecting those taxes. In other words, there would be no further reduction in cost beyond what current Receiver of Taxes Nicole Walsh has achieved these past months.

Since May 1, 2017, Tax Receiver Nicole Walsh has eliminated a full time deputy position, has instituted E-Pay, and has entered into an inter-municipal agreement with Onondaga County to have the county print our tax bills for an additional savings of $14,000 in 2018. Our tax office has agreed to further work with the county by agreeing to be a beta site for an integrated tax collection software program with the county which may further reduce our cost.

The annual cost to operate the tax office equates to $10.80 per year on an average $150,000 home.

By making this an appointed position, the cost (as estimated by our town comptroller) will be $10.80 per year on an average $150,000 home which equals a zero tax saving.

What it does do is eliminate the voter’s right to replace the tax receiver at their will and make the position an appointed position which could lead to political cronyism in Cicero Town Hall.

Further, the referendum cannot be placed on a regular ballot in November but would require a special referendum that could cost us about $36,000.

Mark Venesky
Supervisor, Town of Cicero

(This letter was published in the Star-Review on June 30, 2018.)

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