Syracuse homeowners might soon be a little more diligent about shoveling their sidewalks during the next snowfall. But that all depends on how Monday goes – when Syracuse Common Councilors vote on whether the city should impose a $100 fine for homeowners who fail to clear their sidewalks. Common Councilor Bob Dougherty revived and helped amend the legislation. Dougherty knows the ordinance is controversial, but feels the city needs to start somewhere to get compliance. Common councilor Kathleen Joy feels fines are the wrong approach.
The incident of Syracuse police using a taser on a man on a Centro bus has raised questions about use of force policies. Among the complaints are charges that top city officials are ignoring the issue.
The Syracuse Common Council is contemplating merging city vehicle maintenance and repairs under one roof. Councilors met with city department heads Monday morning.
With more than one-thousand City-owned vehicles on the streets, Council Committee members think one building will be enough to service all five departments. Councilor Helen Hudson says cutting costs is the main reason behind the proposal.