North Syracuse to go ahead with new village center plan

— The North Syracuse Village Board met Dec. 8 and unanimously passed a motion to fund a village center plan to be created by Clough Harbour and Associates, a national engineering firm with an office in Syracuse. Funding for the plan will not exceed $30,000.

Board Trustee Paul Linnertz asked what the cost effectiveness was for the plan that he thought might just be about aesthetics for the village.

Clough Harbour's Mary Burgoon assured the board that the study would be more comprehensive.

“A plan like this is much broader than appearances,” she said. “We hope to create a design vocabulary for the village center. We'll also create a land use plan.”

This will include business and residential areas. The plan will also study the village's transportation corridors like vehicle and public transportation and pedestrian traffic, Burgoon said.

“I am excited for the village center,” said Deputy Mayor Chuck Henry. “It's time that the leadership takes the bull by the horns.”

George Swieton, a representative from Fiberdyne Labs of Frankfort, N.Y., made a pitch for putting a digital sign up in the village. The company would provide and install the sign free of charge and take care of maintenance.

Swieton said the sign would have 10 ads per side, with each ad up for six seconds. The village would also get a six-second slot for free and Fiberdyne would get one. Swieton said Fiberdyne usually donated at least half of its time to charity or the municipality involved.

The ads are presented on a 72-second rotation, Swieton said. The village's contract would be for eight years.

“Basically it costs the community nothing,” he said. “We try to bring some value to the community. What we do is hopefully put a sign on village owned land. We'll go to a village and offer them some advertising on it.”

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