LIVERPOOL — At its month-to-month assembly on Nov. 16, the Village of Liverpool Board of Trustees heard a warning from Police Chief Jerry Unger in regards to the yearly vacation show, Lights on the Lake.
The thirty second annual Lights on the Lake, sponsored by Galaxy Communications and Onondaga County Parks, opened at Onondaga Lake Park on Nov. 15 and runs nightly from 5 to 10 p.m. by means of Jan. 14, 2022.
“There are going to be site visitors points,” Unger mentioned.
For a few years now, the two-mile-long illumination yearly attracts greater than 40,000 automobiles, and the ensuing queues of automobiles ready for entrance have tied up village site visitors for hours, particularly on the weekends.
The occasion’s web site at lightsonthelake.com says wait instances for weekend attendees can stretch to greater than two hours.
Unger reported that the Lights on the Lake organizers are limiting ticket gross sales to 1,650 automobiles nightly. Tickets should be bought upfront on-line and ticket-buyers should select a particular date of use.
However that 1,650 restrict doesn’t bear in mind the a whole lot of free admission tickets already distributed by sponsors, Unger mentioned.
Whereas Galaxy has contributed cash to rent further police assist up to now, that effort is hindered by staffing issues plaguing native legislation enforcement.
“Our division is under-staffed,” Unger mentioned. “The park police are understaffed, and for the primary time this yr, there might be no participation by the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Workplace, however we’re going to do one of the best we will.”
Unger’s plans embody probably closing one southbound lane of Onondaga Lake Parkway on the busiest nights, however he’d must get state Division of Transportation permission to take action.
Lights on the Lake tickets price $6 per automobile for Mondays and Tuesdays, $10 every for Wednesdays and Thursdays, and $20 per automobile Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Charity profit nights will price $5 per automobile on Jan. 10 by means of 14; 315-457-7275.
Three DWIs in October
On Nov. 15, Unger reported to trustees that the LPD made 248 site visitors stops in October, and officers issued 185 citations for violations of the state’s automobile and site visitors legal guidelines.
Eleven site visitors accidents have been investigated final month, and three arrests have been made for DWI. Officers made 133 residential checks and 130 enterprise checks throughout October whereas responding to a complete of 658 incidents and requires service
The LPD arrested 25 people final month on 33 felony costs.
New part-timer OK’d
Mayor Gary White and the 4 trustees — Matt Devendorf, Christina Fadden, Dennis Hebert and Michael LaMontagne — unanimously permitted Unger’s request to rent one other part-time officer to assist alleviate the division’s staffing disaster.
The candidate is 21-year-old Charles Matarazza, who deliberate to graduate final week from the Ulster County Police Academy. He’ll quickly relocate to Oneida County, making him eligible to work as a police officer in Liverpool.
“We’re nonetheless under-staffed,” Unger mentioned, “however each little bit helps.”
Final month, the trustees permitted the hiring of Ebrar Mohammad as a part-time police officer. She’s a forensics specialist presently employed on the Onondaga County Crime Evaluation Middle.