Town historian Barbara Rivette gave an overview of summer projects, crediting various people for a successful season end at the Nov. 14 Manlius Town Board meeting.
Eagle Scout Matt Kirkman picked up numerous responsibilities, allowing for a mass cutting and debris clearing out of a portion of the Ledyard Dike at the Fayetteville Library. Rivette said no power tools were used and the village DPW assisted with the debris pick-up. Rivette said the library is very pleased and she hopes this successful cleanup will inspire similar projects.
Rivette also commended Eagle Scout projects for cleaning and clearing five burial grounds that the highway department maintains. Each year, Rivette places flags and flowers on the graves.
For the past three years, Hamilton Armstrong has repaired, reset and rehabbed eight burial stones. Rivette thanked him for his support and hard work. She said the large project is an "enormous cash undertaking."
Lastly, she acknowledged the highway department's former summer help for mapping and plotting to scale more than 150 graves and stones.
In return, town councilors congratulated Rivette for her recent honor and award. The Association of Public Historians of New York state and New York State Museum honored Rivette with The Edmund J. Winslow Local Government Historian Award of Excellence for recognition of excellence in one or more public history projects or publications.
Clearwire comes to town
In a public hearing that was continued from Oct. 10, Attorney Jeff Davis of Hiscock and Barclay represented Clearwire, an internet company that is asking the town board for a special use permit. The permit would allow the company to use an existing 40-foot wooden National Grid utility pole in a public right of way on Duguid Road.
At the Oct. 10 hearing, Duguid Road resident Mignon Holz was strongly opposed to the pole extension due to the height increase and location from her home. Board members then asked Clearwire to re-examine other options before they made a decision.