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Dam problems plague Manlius

Problems have recently come to light with two dams in the village of Manlius. Edward Falls and GlennCliff Road dams have both received letters from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) citing issues.

A 2002 inspection from the DEC flagged the same problems with the dams, said Chuck White of Barton and Loguidice Engineering at the Nov. 13 Manlius Village Board meeting. Edward Falls is located near Pompey Center Road. The GlennCliff Road dam is located in the Three Falls area. Trustee Eric Krause said the GlennCliff dam was created to slow down the flow of water in the area to avoid damage to surrounding homes.

Brown said that the Edward Falls dam has three different owners. The village owns the stone masonry of the dam. The feasibility of removing the dam is very costly.

White said that the dams are a class B hazard right now. This means that if anything should happen to them, it could cause damage to surrounding structures. He said that the root systems surrounding the dams could possibly degrade and allow water to seep into the ground further damaging the stone walls.

Trustee Harold Hopkinson said that the board should meet with the other two owners to try and figure out how to fix the dam. He also said that the other two parties should share in the cost of repairing the dam. Hopkinson said that they should also try to find grant money to help with the cost of repairs.

Trustee Natalie Miner said that the board should look into trying to get historical preservation on the dam.

Cold War tax exemption

The board also discussed the possibility of enacting a Cold War Veterans tax exemption. The New York State Legislature passed a resolution to expand the current veterans exemption to include those who served during the years 1945 to 1991.

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