The Syracuse City Council continued discussions on water retention and routing at its Oct. 18 meeting. Though they have discussed at length the project to re-route water from the Ash Street east side backyards, in the end, no decision was made to provide any oversight or funding to that project.
Council member Alan Britton suggested that the residents of that area should be responsible for the project, and the city did not need to be involved.
In other Streambank Stability discussion, they talked about a sewer line that is currently exposed in the creek due to erosion.
In order to stop the erosion or do any major project that would affect the stream, they would need Corps of Engineers approval which would take years.

 It was decided to pursue a project to cover the line to protect it in place.
A dry detention pond was also discussed for the 17th Street area that could solve other water issues in town.
Britton commented that they need to prioritize these projects and move forward with those that they feel will positively affect the most taxpayers in the community.
The City of Syracuse will be advertising for a new employee in the coming months.  Previously, they contracted out the mowing of Park Hill Cemetery.  However, moving forward, a new employee will be responsible for that as well as helping with other Parks and Recreation projects.  They hope to have the position filled full time effective March 1.
In addition to that position, city employee Mitch Stubbendick has given his notice, and they are accepting applications. Mayor Ortiz said that Stubbendick has taken a job at OPPD which is a positive move for him after his four years and four months with the city.  “We want to say thanks from the City. He did a great job for us.  We’re happy for him,” Ortiz commented.
Parks and Recreation basketball for 3rd-6th grade students will begin soon.  They recently finished up the volleyball season.  The basketball signup deadline is Nov. 4.
Recreation Director Shayna Murrell presented several options to the Syracuse City Council on new batting cages.  She had quotes from Diamond Pro (for $12,760) and Crouch Recreation (for $8,754) to do the cages.  In addition, Murrell provided quotes for the turf.
City Attorney Jerry Stilmock noted that with the previous cages they were able to get used turf for a significantly lower price.  Without the turf, Crouch was the lower bid, and City Council approved the contract.
They also approved roof repair for the Utility Shop and additional well testing. Projects for GIS mapping and private street zoning were also discussed, but no decisions were made on those projects.