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Manlius: Proposal offers more parking in village

By Jennifer Kiefl

In the absence of both Mayor Rick Penhall and Deputy Mayor Harold Hopkinson, Trustee Eric Krouse ran the village of Manlius board meeting Tuesday night.

Angelo Pavone presented the board with the idea to turn the building located at 120 East Seneca St. into a parking lot. He said that that parking is an issue for that area in the village, and the general proposal he had in mind would involve demolishing the building and creating a lot with 21 parking spaces. The building would be sold to the village at an approximate 20 percent loss of the purchase price, but Pavone came to the meeting to gauge the board's interest in his idea. Pavone and the board will set up a future meeting to discuss all future options.

The future of Dog Gone Inn, the doggy daycare that Leah Pekarsky's is hoping to open in Manlius Mart, was in question at Tuesday's meeting. If approved, the doggy daycare would be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and would have the potential to board up to four dogs at a time. There had been confusion about what permit would be needed and some concerns the board had included noise and cleanliness. Trustee Natalie Minor said the permit will be an issue the planning board, not the village board, can decide on.

In other action:

Five bands were approved for the Summer Concert Series: The Mario DeSantis Band, Smokin, Cobblerockers, The Fab 5, and Gary Dunes Band will be playing this summer, and approval for the Cortland Old Timers Band to appear is expected soon.

Fayetteville-Manlius Superintendent Dr. Corliss Kaiser presented the proposed 2008-2009 budget summary and the board accepted it with no questions. The tax rate will increase by 1.9 percent and the proposed budget is $72,108,780. Dr. Kaiser said there was an increase in energy and fuel use, and the BOCES program enrollment has increased and more money was added to the budget for those classes, which have been successful so far.

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