SYRACUSE – Syracuse has suspended use of its grass and leaf pile pending a management contract.
The city has traditionally offered free disposals piles for brush and yard waste, but garbage making its way into the leaf pile is the causing the city to divert paid hours for employees to sift through the pile.
City council members considered closing the pile permanently, but agreed Wednesday to give the leaf pile a chance by seeking bids for someone who would be willing to manage it. The city says if users do not keep garbage out of the yard waste, the service will be discontinued.
The city will also consider a change to the city code to allow a city employee to manage the pile under an independent contract.
Cameras have been installed to monitor activity at the pile, but city officials noted the time and expense it takes to prosecute littering offenses.
Fundraiser volunteer Carolyn Gigstad told the city council Wednesday that the campaign for a new pool bathhouse is making progress.
Gigstad reported that $62,000 has been raised to date. She expects the fundraising campaign to mean there will be no additional pool bonds when the aquatic center bonds are paid off in 2022.
In other action, the council gave AT&T permission to build at tower southwest of Syracuse near Highway 2 and the sheriff’s office reported parked vehicles hampering snow removal efforts.
Julie Bauman presented the 2018 audit, noting that the sports complex bonds will be paid off in 2027.