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Manlius: Fox opts out, Baum steps in

Tim Fox resigned as Manlius village trustee April 1, effective immediately. He served three years out of the four-year term for which he was elected, and said that time-constraints led him to leave the board.

"I wasn't putting in enough time in the village," he said.

Many events and meetings happen during the day, Fox said, and he wasn't able to attend them all due to his full-time position with the Onondaga County Water Authority (OCWA).

"I don't have the luxury that most other trustees have," he said, referring to others who are self-employed or have more flexible schedules. "I felt it wasn't fair to the community."

Fox was the liaison for the village fire department, grounds and buildings, parks, the Swan Pond and the fish hatchery. He said he hopes the issues he was working on will get done.

"The board is heading in the right direction," Fox said.

Marc Baum, who is currently the president of the Manlius Chamber of Commerce, was sworn in as the new trustee April 10. Baum said he plans to step down as the chamber president April 30 to avoid any conflicts of interest but will continue to serve on the board of directors.

"I'm excited to get directly involved with the village," Baum said, who has been an active participant in public hearings as well as with Vision Manlius, the village's ongoing comprehensive plan.

Mayor Rick Penhall said Fox remains in good standing with the board and as for Baum, he said, "I believe he'll be an excellent addition."

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