Councilor Contemplations – April 2020

by Sara Bollinger – Manlius Town Councilor

State of Emergency

The Town Hall has been closed to the general public, but we are still working! Please call or email if you need something. Some of our staff are working from home, but they will respond promptly to your requests.  Socially distanced in-person meetings are possible if necessary. Town Board, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and likely the Board of Assessment Review will have to meet via zoom for the next several meetings.

April 8th Meeting

Sadly, the Open Podium has had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. As of this meeting, 29 people in the Town of Manlius have tested positive for COVID-19.  We wish them a full recovery.

OCRRA has reduced staffing in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order. Consequently, Brush pick up in the Town had to be suspended for about one month. We are pleased to report that Brush pick-up resumed April 27th.

The NYS Budget was finalized April 3rd. There are no cuts to Town revenue at this time, but funding may be reduced in the future as State revenue will certainly be lower due to lower sales and income taxes.

April 22nd Meeting

As of this meeting, there are 49 residents of the Town of Manlius who have tested positive for COVID-19. One third of these people reside at Resorts Lifestyles at Towne Center and are reported to be recovering well.

The Town Board adopted a resolution honoring the anniversary of Earth Day.  More substantive, the Town Board voted to adopt a Resolution to become a DEC Climate Smart Community. Our first remote public hearing was held regarding stop signs at Megnin Farms. This Public Hearing remains open until May 13th to accept comments from anyone who did not access the zoom meeting. Our first remote zone change presentation was made regarding a proposed medical office on North Burdick Street.

Earth Day 2020

April 22nd is the 50th of Earth Day.  #EarthDay2020 #SustainableManlius #WhyICare. Please check out the Earth Day Bingo game developed by Ryan Dunn, Co-Chair of Sustainable Manlius as well as the Facebook posts honoring Sustainability Champions. 

Arbor Day April 26, 2020

Please check out the Facebook post developed by Councilor Heather Waters. Add a picture of your favorite tree.