Board approves 'Vision Manlius'

The future looks bright for Manlius residents as the Manlius Village board approved its comprehensive plan, "Vision Manlius," at its Feb. 12 meeting. The board gave special thanks to Trustee Natalie Miner for all her hard work putting the comprehensive plan together.

Vision Manlius is an in-depth, 10-year plan aimed to maintain and improve all aspects of life in the village of Manlius. Topics as broad as the demographics of the village are covered, as well as specifics such as the breakdown of how long each goal should take to be in place. The current system has four categories: short-term (zero-two years), intermediate (two-four years), long-term (four-six years) and ongoing (zero-five years).

This plan is designed to be the "clear roadmap for the future of the village and its citizens." An online copy is available by clicking the "Online Forms" link on the web site, villagemanlius.org.

New firefighter hired

The village of Manlius approved the hiring of Kevin DeLong, a "young, energetic and enthusiastic" addition to the Manlius Fire Department. Deputy Fire Chief Paul Whorrall said DeLong has lots of training, as both a volunteer firefighter and a security guard at Shoppingtown Mall. DeLong's hiring fills the vacancy that the fire department has had for a few months. Whorrall said it was important to send DeLong to the fire academy that takes place the first week in March. The fire department has had a busy 2008 so far, with more than 70 fire calls and more than 100 ambulance calls.

MHS in need of funds

Barbara Brown, president of the Manlius Historical Society, told the board that the non-profit organization had a challenging year. Brown said they needed both municipality support and an increased allotment. Repairs to the roof, air conditioning and heating units have put a financial strain on the society, so a request of $12,000 was made. The society will be having their annual Antique Show and Sale on March 1 and 2 and Enders Road Middle School.

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