At a meeting of the Town of Manlius Conservative Party Committee on Thursday, May 2, Town Supervisor Ed Theobald and his slate of Republican running mates received the party’s designation for this fall’s town elections.
After three years of discussion and research by board members, the DeWitt town board voted to ban hydrofracking and oil exploration throughout the town on May 13. All seven members agreed that town board’s commitment to protecting the health, safety and welfare of its residents could be put into jeopardy by the possible health and environmental risks posed by fracking.
Citizens that have served our country in the military are deserving of, at the very least, recognition. To serve your country during perilous times is a great honor and a great sacrifice. The Oncenter War Memorial Arena is more than a place where the Syracuse Crunch play hockey, it is a living memorial to those that have served, and in some cases, those that have given their lives for our freedom. It is important to honor the individuals that have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Not much was accomplished between the village of Manlius’ planning board and Morgan Management, the new developer for the Madison Row project at the board’s May 7 meeting. Landscape architect Scott Freeman and Morgan Management project manager Matt Lester stood before the board with a request for an amendment on the Planned Unit Development (PUD) for the project, specifically for the proposed pickup window and a change in the parking ratio for Kinney Drugs, which is the first announced tenant for phase 2. However, because the duo did not make the changes to the project footprints that the board requested after the last meeting on April 16, the board was not able to approve the PUD amendment.
Five years from now, the Syracuse skyline could look very different. Instead of an elevated highway heading into the city, the New York State Department of Transportation could construct an arterial boulevard. Or an underground tunnel. Or an iconic bridge. Truthfully, the DOT isn’t sure yet what the new Interstate 81 will look like. They just know that something needs to be done to replace the existing structure. “Bridges are designed to last for a certain period of time,” said Beau Duffy, public information officer for the NYS DOT. “The I-81 viaduct in Syracuse is reaching this point in time. Because repair and refurbishment of the bridge involves a significant investment, it makes sense, from a cost-benefit perspective, to look at potential alternatives for the future of the corridor.”
Residents will pay 30 cents more than last year
After a public hearing on April 15, the Manlius village board gathered again on April 30 to present the finalized 2013-14 budget, which calls for a tax rate of $7.90 per $1,000 of assessed home value. This increase is 30 cents more than last year, and means a resident with a home assessed at $100,000 will pay $32 more starting on June 1.
Village cancels annual fireworks show
For the first time in many years, residents of the village of East Syracuse will have to venture elsewhere for their July fireworks, as the celebration was nixed from the budget is an effort to lower the tax rate. Taxpayers will be reaching even further into their pockets as this year’s tax rate is $16.41 per $1,000 of assessed home value, meaning that a house assessed at $100,000 calls for an extra $291 this year.
Community members ring in the village’s 200th birthday with Bicentennial Ball
After four years in the making, the village of Manlius’ Bicentennial Ball proved to be a classy evening for members of the community. Held on April 27, the ball was an opportunity to observe just how far the village has come since being founded as well as a night full of celebration and anticipation for what the future of Manlius holds.
In an effort to help keep unwanted and expired prescription drugs off the streets and ensure they are properly disposed of, Assemblyman Al Stirpe (D-Cicero) announced April 27 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Now in its sixth year, Central New York families are encouraged to dispose of their unwanted medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday.
It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that autism has risen to one in every 88 births in the United States. In order to raise awareness about the programs and services available to families affected by autism, the New York State Senate has commemorated April 2013 as Autism Awareness Month.
Tax rate would be the highest in the county at $17.01
Mayor Robert Tackman announced the proposed 2013-14 budget at a public hearing on April 15 to a crowd of East Syracuse village residents who were less than pleased with the numbers. Under the proposed budget, residents would be paying $17.01 per $100,000 of their property’s assessed value. This jump in taxes would make East Syracuse the highest-taxed municipality in the county (Solvay had the highest in 2012-13 with a $13.61 tax rate) and would cost residents about 26 percent more each year.
Volunteering is an important part of what makes our community such a great place to live. Donating your time can sometimes be more valuable than simply donating money. When you volunteer, you are spending time enriching the lives of those less fortunate in our community.
Village board will hold a public hearing on April 15
Newly elected mayor Robert Tackman hasn’t had much time to take a breath since he was elected on March 19. His first task as mayor? To create a budget in a village that is facing its “most difficult financial year ever.” The village has been carrying a large debt since the renovations on its municipal building were completed in December 2004. Additionally, last October, taxpayers voted to keep the village’s police department, which, if eliminated, could have saved East Syracuse over $1 million each year.
Manlius Mayor Mark-Paul Serafin took his seat at the head of the table for the last time on March 26 at the village board meeting. In an uncharacteristically short meeting, which lasted only 55 minutes, the board covered a few quick topics, but Judge Joe Greenman’s and Serafin’s goodbye speeches easily stole the show as the highlights of the meeting.
April is Autism Awareness Month. This month-long observation aims to educate the public about autism and the many services available to help the 1.5 million American individuals and families dealing with this developmental disorder. There’s a growing incidence of autism spectrum disorders across the state and across the country, and we need to ensure we’re making the proper accommodations for those individuals. This month draws needed public attention to a serious and often under-treated condition.