PLATTSBURGH — As Plattsburgh State approaches the end of its spring semester, Mayor Donald Kasprzak is hoping student decorum is maintained.

“We were out last Saturday meeting with hundreds of students, and we are urging them to be respectful to the neighborhood as the semester winds down,” Kasprzak said.

“It seems that they are receiving the message somewhat, but it is a work in progress, and we will keep reminding them.”

Typically, at the end of the spring semester, furniture has been strewn across Center City lawns, even on rooftops; garbage is littered over yards; and buildings are visibly damaged.



CENTER CITY TOUR

The mayor, Police Chief Desmond Racicot and Councilor Chris Jackson (D-Ward 6) toured the Center City last Saturday afternoon for several hours.

They met with students, many of whom were out partying in the warm weather, and even went inside some of the buildings.

Kasprzak said he was not pleased with the condition of some of the houses and yards, and he let the students know.

“I spent five years in college myself, and I have two sons attending SUNY schools, so I understand what these kids are doing and that they want to have a good time,” he said.

“But they still need to be respectful, and we will see to it that they are.”

The mayor’s message appears to have worked, to some degree, as the yards of numerous homes on Brinkerhoff and Court streets were neatly raked and cleaned as of Tuesday afternoon.



ABSENTEE LANDLORDS

Kasprzak said he and the council will also be addressing the issue of absentee landlords and their responsibilities in maintaining student housing.

“Absentee landlords have been a problem in this city for years, but we are going to take steps toward fixing that,” Kasprzak said.



STREET SIGNS

In addition to improving living conditions, the mayor also wants to put an end to street vandalism.

Last weekend, nine streets signs in the Center City were either knocked over or taken out of the ground.

It cost the city more than $1,000 to repair the damage.

Here's the list of street-sign damage and restitution cost for each location in the Center City:

Reset no-parking sign at Broad and Helen Streets: $84.78

Reset no-parking sign at 27 Couch St.: $84.78

Reset street-name sign at Couch and Oak streets: $144.53

Reinstall one-way signs at North Catherine and Brinkerhoff streets: $122.54

Reset parking sign at Brinkerhoff and Oak streets: $84.78

Reset parking sign at Helen and Couch streets: $84.78

Replace street-name signs at Cornelia and Champlain streets: $144.53

Replace street-name signs and post at Cornelia Street and Montcalm Avenue: $144.53

Reinstall do-not-enter sign and channel at Public Library: $148.53

Total cost: $1,043.78

“This is expensive to the taxpayers, and we are looking for any information we can get about this, and we will hold people responsible and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law,” Kasprzak said.

The spring semester ends with graduation on Saturday, May 17.



E-mail Joe LoTemplio at:

jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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