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Manlius: Trustees close out National Grid bill

Budget matters dominated the June 18 meeting of the Manlius Village Board. The trustees approved the payment of general abstract funds in the amount of $17,688.36 for National Grid pre-payment and $87,478.78 to close out invoices of all bills due last fiscal year.

The board also approved several funding agreements under the condition that all recipients provide proposed operating budgets and annual reports to increase accountability for expenditures.

The Community Learning and Information Center received $3,000. The Manlius Senior Centre received $34,500, and the Manlius Library received $35,000. All three provide free services to village residents.

Trustee Eric Krouse said there has been discussion of placing the library's main funding responsibility under the school district's budget and expressed displeasure with the efforts of the library's board in requisitioning grants and promoting services. Krouse voted against approving Manlius Library agreement.

Department of Public Works Superintendent John Maher requested approval to fill a vacant position, bringing full-time employees to the budgeted number of nine, and he suggested an eventual need for a tenth in order to catch up on back-logged maintenance and special projects.

Trustee Harold Hopkinson said the village is starting to see the results of understaffing and Trustee Mark-Paul Serafin said residents have been complaining of slow brush pickup.

The board tabled the action pending further labor-law information.

In other discussion, the trustees encouraged Mayor Rick Penhall to write a strongly worded letter to the town of Manlius regarding a transportation fee for the tapping of the county-trunk drainage line running through the village, which the village believes has caused flooding problems.

"They have illegally tapped into our sewer line," Krouse said.

Mayor Penhall agreed to pursue the issue further.

The trustees next meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday June 26 at the Manlius Village Centre.

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