Sycamore alley must be cleared of debris

SYCAMORE — At a meeting Tuesday, council members heard the results of a survey intended to reconcile a dispute concerning a village-owned alley that runs east and west behind North Saffel Street.

In June, village personnel heard complaints from residents stating the alley was overgrown with grass, weeds and shrubs, making it impassable. The group made allegations against one neighbor for the alley’s unkempt condition. Those accusations were denied.

The feud prompted Village Administrator Chuck Clark to have the alley surveyed to determine property boundaries and to end the neighborhood conflict.

Clark said survey results prove most of the clutter belongs to those property owners who issued the complaints.

Council approved a motion for Solicitor Jim Gucker to draft a letter giving responsible parties 90 days to clear their share of the clutter from the public right-of-way. He said he intends to have letters delivered no later than March 31. The 90-day period is to begin upon receipt of the letter.

Clark said he and the utilities committee are to visually survey the alley and make an inventory of what needs to be removed to allow safe, unhindered vehicle access.

The Community Improvement Committee is to meet at 6:30 p.m. March 8 to resolve how to distribute about $3,000 earmarked for economic development. Gucker is to advise on legalities.

The housing committee is to meet at 4 p.m. Feb. 23 in council chambers.

EMS/Fire Chief Rod Clinger said the department’s 1946 Buffalo fire engine “has come alive again and is purring like a kitten after 15 years in storage.” He said he wants to display the truck, along with a 1930 REO pumper, in recognition of the department’s 125th anniversary this summer. All labor and parts have been donated, he said.

Clinger said he discovered other pertinent historic artifacts, and is asking the public to contact him if they know of items or documents regarding the history of Sycamore’s fire department.

Council approved one EMS candidate for enrollment in an EMS training program. One staff member, Clinger said, is taking advanced EMS training.

Two interested parties have contacted Clinger about purchasing the department’s out-of-use ladder truck. If negotiations with the interested parties go well, Clinger said he might realize a better financial deal than what he would get from listing the truck on internet auction site

Tickets still are available for a gun raffle and feather party Wednesday. Proceeds support Sycamore Fire Department and Sycamore Community Center.

Village softball and baseball sign-up is Feb. 28 and March 4 at Mohawk High School.

A selected panel recessed into executive session with no action taken.

Council is to meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in council chambers.