The village of Manlius will no longer pay 100 percent of the insurance benefits for retired elected officials after this year. Mayor Rick Penhall and Trustee Harold Hopkinson abstained from voting, and the board passed the resolution in a 5-0 vote.
The resolution states that the retired officials will pay for 15 percent of the insurance premium starting on Jan. 1, 2009, 30 percent on Jan. 1, 2010, 45 percent on Jan., 2011 and capping at 60 percent Jan. 1, 2012. Any current widows of retired elected officials will have the same single health care coverage offered, with the exception being a 25 percent premium payment rate through Dec. 31, 2009. The current spouses of elected retired officials will also be offered the same coverage as the retired official if they become widowed, but any dependents will be paid for 100 percent. This resolution came after several meetings and hearing from several retired elected officials at the June 24 board meeting.
Village Engineer Chuck White followed up on the concerns of Jerry and Judy Dardzinski, of 4898 Ledyard Dr. and the flooding in their yard. He gave the board his recommendation. White said that while he could see the where the concern comes from, the water was a localized problem and open grates being put into the yard would allow for more immediate and better drainage. White also said the village was not creating the flooding and the village is only responsible for maintaining the drain already in that area, even though an easement has never been clearly defined.
Jerry Dardzinski did not think the open grates would solve the problem and Trustee Eric Krouse wondered if the village should have gotten involved in this flooding issue 15 years ago, as well as if it was the developers problem, not the villages.