Town of Cicero

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.)

Public Hearings for July 25th

There are two scheduled PUBLIC HEARINGS for the Wednesday, July 25, Town Board Meeting, commencing at 6:30 pm:

  1.  Consider establishing a speed limit on Legionnaire Drive.
  2.  Consider a Local Law changing the Town Clerk’s and Highway Superintendent’s term from 2 years to 4 years.

By the order of the Cicero Town Board


Town is Now on

Starting today, I am pleased to announce that the Town of Cicero will be utilizing Nextdoor to help make our neighborhoods stronger and safer. The Town of Cicero plans to share important news and events that are relevant to our residents. This supplements our participation here and on Facebook and hope you subscribe to our communications.  We look forward to communicating with you on Nextdoor to make Town of Cicero an even better place to live.You can subscribe at

If you are unfamiliar with the social media, you can read more at

Thank you,

Mark Venesky, Supervisor


Public Hearing: Zone Change Consideration

The Town Board will hold a Public Hearing at Town Hall for Wednesday, June 13, 2018, commencing at 6:30 p.m., to consider a Zone Change from AG (Agricultural) to RM (Residential Multiple) for the property located at 8533 Button Road ( Tax Map #089.-01-59.1)

By the order of the Cicero Town Board

Rubbish Removal Update

Syracuse Haulers has advised us that, due to still being in catch-up mode this week, they ‘may’ not get to all blue bins today. If that should happen, they will finish their pickups on Saturday. However, they do plan to finish picking up all trash. Your patience is appreciated. Thank you.

Ethics Committee Opening

The Town is looking for an interested and committed resident to fill a vacancy on our Ethics Committee.  This is a volunteer position; the term is scheduled to end December 31, 2019.  You can access our purpose, policy, and code through the following link:

If you feel you can be an asset to the Town by serving on our Ethics Committee, please submit your letter of interest to the attention of Bill Bradley, Chair and email it to [email protected]

You may also send questions you have to that email address.  All inquiries will receive a response.

Thank you!

Trash & Brush Update

TRASH Update: Syracuse Haulers has a huge workload this week as they merge Cicero into their schedule. This means that pickups may run as late as 7 pm today and possibly other days this week. Your patience is appreciated.
BRUSH Update: Storms and other natural causes limited brush pickup west of S. Bay last week. The vendor anticipates getting all brush by Tuesday. This is in no way related to the trash issue. Again, we appreciate your patience. Sometimes mother nature get things her way. Thank you.
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