Next year, where will village put its piles of snow?

— After that withering winter, especially that season-ending two-day blizzard March 12 and 13, most of us would like to forget about snow for the next six months or so.

But Bill Asmus can’t afford to forget. He’s already worried about winter 2014-15.

The superintendent of the village Department of Public Works since 1996, Bill needs to find a place to dump all the snow his crews plow from our streets and sidewalks.

You can see the “fruits” of their labors, drumlin-sized mounds of ice and snow rising like a mini-mountain range on the former Municipal Parking Lot between Lower First and South Willow streets. Problem is that JGB Properties, which owns that three-acre lot, plans to build there later this year. That means the lot will be unavailable as a place to pile up the snow next winter.

“In prior years the village had dumped snow at the water tower site [at Seventh and Oswego streets],” Asmus said, “but when the Liverpool Fire Department bought and built there, we were without a site once again. We’ve piled snow at our DPW garage and at locations within the village, [but] none of these sites are large enough for a winter’s amount of snow.”

The DPW chief hopes that Onondaga County Parks & Recreation might help. “We’d like to start talking with the County Parks Department to see if they have a site close to the village that we may use.”

To that end, Liverpool Mayor Gary White will meet this week with County Parks Commissioner Bill Lansley, and the snowpile predicament tops the agenda.

Foretelling the melt

Village Deputy Clerk Sandy Callahan and Nichols Supermarket owner Mike Hennigan are so impressed by the magnitude of the snow mountains on Lower First, they decided to run a contest and have a little fun, too.

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