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Frank's Roadhouse aims to expand

A request for a zone change at Frank's Roadhouse, 7119 Minoa Bridgeport Road, will next meet with the planning board, due to the board's decision at the July 23 Manlius Town Board meeting. Councilor John Loeffler was not present. The zone, which is now classified as Restricted Agriculture (RA) may be switched to Commercial B (CB) if owner Sam Nicotra's appeal is approved.

Nicotra wants to build a 60-foot by 50-foot addition that will promote his business, which is primarily a bar, and eventually provide service for weddings, banquets and other events. Right now, Nicotra said, he has a caterer but is unable to do anything due to limited space.

Talk of outdoor events such as hosting live bands also took place, which Nicotra said he doesn't anticipate doing right away. Attorney Tim Frateschi then advised Nicotra and his attorney that to just expand the building, he does not have to request Commercial B, but rather Commercial A. Commercial B includes addressing outside activities. Nicotra's representative said he would take that under advisement.

Consolidated water district

The board approved the extension of the Consolidated Water District to include the Poolsbrook and Southtown water districts. Once the water districts have retired their debt, the towns usually consolidate those districts to bring into a pool, sharing equally in the costs.

New streetlight

A streetlight will be installed on the corner of Duguid Road and Route 5 due to a citizen's request citing the area as dangerous. The town will pay National Grid $235 per year into a consolidated lighting district, said Planning and Development Director Dave Tessier. Additionally, the state won't help pay for the light even though it's on a state road, according to Jenny Stowell, town manager.

Kirkville resident Lou Van Wie said the streetlight should be in a lighting district all its own and asked how it would benefit him as a taxpayer. Supervisor Mark Tetley said the board's philosophy is to do the best for all people, because whether one person or many benefits, it evens out.

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