Councilor Contemplations – August & September 2019

Sara Bollinger – Manlius Town Councilor

Town Councilor Vince Giordano resigned from the Board for health reasons.  We wish him well.  This circumstance resulted in a Special Election for his seat which will be held alongside the regular election this fall.

This is the time of year when the Town puts together the elements of the 2020 Budget.  Town Councilors and the Supervisor met individually with each of the Department heads during August.  A public Saturday meeting was held September 7th.   A large component of the Town budget is the Fire Protection Districts.  These are approved by the three Villages and the Kirkville Fire District.  ESM and FM pay the Town for the School Resource officers that are stationed at the schools in their Districts.

Town Historian Barbara Rivette joined the Board on August 14th with some fascinating old clips from the Kirkville Exposition newspaper.

The Highway Department auctioned several pieces of used equipment.  Did you know?  The Highway Department maintains the small historic burial grounds in the Town.

The unsafe house on Wilson Drive has been torn down.

The Town engaged Bowers & Company to do an audit of financial processes.

The Town engaged Miller Engineering to study drainage issues in the Hoag Lane/Muirfield neighborhood.

Patrick Duffy was re-appointed Town Assessor for a six-year term in keeping with §310 Real Property Tax Law.

In September the Villages of Minoa and Fayetteville held their annual Festivals.

The Town is being sued by a few assisted living facilities over high property assessments and by a landowner for declining to approve a change in zoning.

New York State has waived marriage license fees for active duty service members.  The Town of Manlius will do the same.

The musical next summer will be Matilda, the Musical.