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Eagle-bulletin. ([Fayetteville, N.Y.]) 1979-current, October 22, 1986, Image 4

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Our Comment Keep Dillon John Dillon is Onondaga County's \top cop\ and he's a good one. Cooperative with both other police units and the public, he has earned the respect of all. John Dillon has 33 years of experience in law en­ forcement and has been sheriff of Onondaga County for the last nine years. His police experience, his administrative ability and his dedication make him the ideal choice for the job of sheriff. There's not a lot of controversy in this race, but voters should remember to say \thanks\ for a job well done on Election Day as they pull the lever over John Dillon's name. Elect Farr The race for the county clerk in Onondaga County has two DeWitt residents in close competition. Elaine Lytel, the Democratic incumbent who is also on the Liberal line, has used her administrative skills in the past two years to continue the automation of the records office and instituted several procedures that are now earning money for Onondaga County taxpayers for the first time. Susan Farr, the Republican and Conservative can­ didate, has a record of responsiveness and organiza­ tional skills on the DeWitt Town Board for the past five years and on the town's zoning board of appeals for six years before that. It's a tough choice for the voters but we give the nod to Susan Farr. She has demonstrated her ability to deal with the public and her real estate experience can be an asset in evaluating the rapidly expanding needs of the county clerk's office. Questions Dome For Queens By Assemblyman Hy Miller 1 ^. I have always been interested to note how short the memories are of some of my fellow state law­ makers. A scant 10 years ago, the Urban De­ velopment Corp. (a state agency) was bankrupt, with $135 million in unpaid bills. New York City was on the verge of insolvency and the fiscal soundness of the entire State of New York was in serious jeopardy. In the intervening 10 years, after a bailout by the state government and the institution of a new sense of priorities, UDC brought its head above water. The UDC has been an invaluable source of funding for development projects across the state that have been beneficial to local economies and has assisted in making our state attractive to new business and industry. However, its fiscal rebirth has been too recent and its soundness too fragile for us to repeat the mistakes of the past by involving the UDC in un­ necessary, unwise and fiscally irresponsible en­ deavors. That is why I am frankly stunned to see a prop­ osal being given serious consideration by Big Apple legislators to'build a domed sports stadium in Queens This project, which would be funded at the expense of taxpayers throughout New York State, should be scuttled before it begins for a number of reasons. . To begin with, the recent history of most stadium construction projects is rife with delays, cost over-runs and mismanagement. The Super- dome in New Orleans which wound up costing well over $100 million is a perfect example of this phenomenon. Next, we need to ask the question. \A stadium for whom? Both the Jets and the Giants have long-term commitments to play in the Meadowlands and it stretches credibility to the extreme to suggest that the NFL would be willing to place a third franchise in the New York metropolitan area. Even if an NFL team is placed in such a facility, this would account for only 10 events each year. With the absence of major college football in the New York metropolitan area, the football usage of such a stadium certainly does not justify its con­ struction. Of course, one would expect that the Mets would eagerly move into a new domed stadium and that may be the underlying real reason for its construc­ tion. However, unlike many cities throughout our nation, New York is blessed with two major league baseball teams that already have two existing stadiums. Given the myriad of housing difficulties being experienced throughout our state, given the needs we have to assist our decaying industries in building new facilities to keep industrial jobs in New York, can we justify a multi-million dollar construction project, financed at taxpayer ex­ pense, to build a.stadium for a team that already has a stadium? Before the proponents of this project respond that both Syracuse and Buffalo have received state grants for stadium construction, allow me to point out that Buffalo is very wisely building an open-air stadium for minor league baseball that is expandable should it secure its first and only major league baseball team. In the case of Syra­ cuse, the construction cost of the stadium at Syra­ cuse University was financed at a level of nearly fifty per cent through private contributions. Also, anyone familiar with either War Memo­ rial Stadium in Buffalo, which is the current home of Buffalo's minor league franchise, or Archbold Stadium in Syracuse, which was the forerunner of the Carrier Dome, can attest to the truly decrepit condition of both facilities. In comparison to both, Shea Stadium looks like Astrodome. New York City has certainly received its fair share of UDC grants. The Jacob Javits Convention Center is just one project that makes Upstate New York's UDC-funded projected pale in comparison. We should always be open to the consideration of well thought-out, needed, construction projects, anywhere in the state, that ought to be eligible for UDC funding. The proposal to build a domed stadium in Queens is pure \pork barrel.\ It is not needed, and the idea is not a worthy beneficiary of our tax dollars From Our Mailbox Notes Off The Cuff Worried Over Drainage Plan A cartoon taken from the Wall Street Journal by Robert Schlichting of the Manlius Town Planning Board depicts the frustrations of engineers and planners dealing with environ­ mental issues The cartoon shows a knight in shining armor speaking with a beautiful damsel \Slaying the dragon IB easy,\ says the knight. \The hard part is filling out the environmental impact statement.\ After sharing the cartoon with early arrivals to the October 20 planning board meeting, Mr Schlichting presented it to Carl Maar, an engineer who regu­ larly represents developers be­ fore the board, who said he would enlarge it and hang it on his office wall. • We in the newsroom were la­ menting another aspect of heightened awareness of en­ vironmental factors It is no longer permitted to burn piles of autumn leaves, the fragrance of which, in the \olden days,\ signaled the end of sum­ mer. Loading leaves in plastic bags or piling them at the roadside for the municipal leaf \sucker- upper\ just doesn't trigger nos- talgia the same way wafting smoke and popping chestnuts does Stanton Catlin of Fayetteville has been studying Mexican art since 1939, and for the past five years he's been concentrating on the research necessary for a big exhibit of the works of Diego Rivera. However he was com­ pletely surprised Sunday morn­ ing when Charles Kuralt did a long interpretive piece on Riv­ era and his art on CBS Now Mr. Catlin's trying to ob­ tain a video tape of the segment so he can study it in detail Rivera has been enjoying a re­ vival, including a feature in this newspaper about Mr. Catlin in November 1985 and his work on the exhibit. The exhibit itself has moved from Philadelphia to Mexico City, where many of Rivera's murals were damaged by the October 1985 earthquake. • Basketball really started early at Jamesville-DeWitt where the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA team practiced on October 17 before moving to the War Memorial for their game with the New Jersey Nets • Our Tuesday was enlivened by two teams of workers right outside our window. First the Fayetteville machinery turned up to prepare the way for grass between the new sidewalks and the new curbs. Then the tele­ phone men turned up, arid we really mean \up\ since they were working at second floor level, to shrink-wrap the new lines into place. • The general observation is that everyone, including the squirrels who use the telephone lines as super-highways, are getting ready for winter. To the Editor: We are very dismayed over the Town of Manlius Planning Board's unanimous passage of the proposed detention basin for the Henneberry Heights sub­ division. The basin will be ap­ proximately 200 feet long, 100 feet wide and eight feet deep. It will take all run off rain water from the Henneberry Heights subdivision to the west of Long Meadow subdivision through existing storm sewers that are already over burdened A large number of Long Meadow residents tried in vain to point out to the planning board the potential dangers to our children because of the size of the basin and the limited (three feet) amount of protection they provide around it. They also tried to point out that while we currently had no flooding of basements, this is a very real possibility when our storm sew­ ers now can't take the amount of runoff during a rain storm. Photos and videotape were pro­ vided of the street flooding dur­ ing a rain storm, without any interest from the planning board The builder and the board members may never see the problems that may arise from the detention basin, only the re­ sidents of Long Meadow. We feel that even though many residents have fought long and hard, the board's decision was forced on us without any concern of our property, our children's safety, and we are very disappointed. Residents of the Town of Manlius beware! This could happen to you also. Your property could be devalued ALL ABOUT TOWN S ?BOM FLECTION VOTE FOR BUT IYXO/VX, IF VOU UMN YOU'U. BE A TOWN FATHER./\ because of a large detention basin placed next to your house, your basements could be flooded and your children's safety could be threatened. All because the Town of Manlius Planning Board would not require the de­ veloper to provide drainage sewer pipes to Limestone Creek. After the recent water prob­ lems in Verbeck and Dawley Farms, it seems clear that de­ tention basins are not the solu­ tion to storm sewer run off prob­ lems. A positive, long range, de­ tailed plan to deal with this pro­ blem is required of the Town of Manlius. SUE BOERCKER GARY BOERCKER Manlius Eagle Bulletin (USPS 1636-600) T. 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