Syracuse Council Advances Sidewalks, Electric Rates

SYRACUSE  – The Syracuse City Council had a full agenda once again from sidewalks and  electrical rates to noise and traffic complaints.

Mayor KC Ortiz put a 10-minute time limit on each speaker in order to get through the meeting in a timely manner.

Mayor Ortiz cast a tie-breaking vote regarding sidewalks being placed at a residence in Syracuse.  In development areas, where sidewalks were not required 20 years ago, are under new regulations and  sidewalks will be required for new a residence.

The city council also voted for a 4.2 percent increase in electrical rates beginning March 1.

Property owners showed a united front regarding excessive noise coming from Midwest Underground located northwest of Syracuse.

The company asked the council for a conditional-use permit in preparation to purchase an  adjoining 3-acre parcel near north 28th Road.

The council denied the request  due to the noise complaint, as well as wanting conforming uses in an areas expected to be residential in 20 years.

Syracuse Rescue Squad Chief Tim Wilson presented the  city council with a new member Sophia Needham.

Wilson stressed that the staff is low especially during daytime hours which sometimes prevents Syracuse rescue to do a transfer which cuts into their bottom line.

Newly-elected Sheriff Colin Caudill attended the January council meeting to give the sheriff’s report , Caudill stated he would be attending all the monthly meetings in the future.

There was an increase in traffic stops this month. Caudill said there is a large increase in traffic in the area with the new hospital, Cubbies, Stutheit Implement, new bank construction and  Love’s truck stop.

He said the change of the speed limit  helps to reduce crime and accidents.

Jill Crook with the Syracuse Parks Department, along with Syracuse bath house committee members Jamie Prokopec and Carolyn Gigstad, have reported that  $59,149  has been raised to date for the new bath house.

Crook is also working on plans for  dog run area.

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