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Manlius: Veterans get tax break

By Jennifer Kiefl

The Cold War Veterans Exemption Local Law 3 was adopted at Tuesday night's Village of Manlius board meeting, by a vote of 6-1. The law, which allows a ten-year tax exemption of house assessments up to $12,000, is for veterans who served from the end of World War II until the beginning of the Gulf War during non-conflict times. Village resident, and vice president of operations at the Oncenter, Eric Schuster said he served in the military from 1981-1989, and is proud of the village for supporting this law and thinks it is a great idea. Trustee Natalie Minor voted against the law, stating fiscal concerns about the impact the tax break would have on assessments in the village.

The future of Dog Gone Inn was discussed, and there will be a public hearing at the next board meeting to decide on the approval of a special permit needed to open the doggie daycare in the Manlius Mart plaza. The board has shown excitement about a small, speciality shop opening up, and having the support of both the landlord and other tenants in the shopping plaza is more positive news for owner Leah Pekarsky. There are still issues surrounding the noise and mess created by the dogs, but Pekarsky has taken many steps to ensure neither will become a major problem. Trustee Marc Baum expressed disappointment about the back and forth that Pekarsky has gone through trying to establish her business, having received conflicting information about what permit was needed to open the doggie daycare. The public hearing for Dog Gone Inn is scheduled for the next board meeting at 7:05 p.m. on May 27.

Flooding still continues to be a concern in the village, and Bob Wallace, an agent from the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal (NYMIR) came to explain the details of the village's insurance policy. NYMIR is an insurance company owned and operated by each municipality, including the village of Manlius, for liability coverage. Wallace said that even though he understands the frustration and inconvenience that flooding can cause homeowners, the village is protected from everything except negligence, or when the village has been informed about a problem and has ignored it. Wallace said many of the 23 claims submitted over the past three years come from rainstorms or other similar events leading to flooding, which is covered by the village's insurance policy. Several residents had complaints about flooding and water damage, and the board reinforced their commitment to looking into the issue.

Recruitment for the fire department is in full swing, and at least 12 applicants have applied to become volunteer fire fighters. Anyone with interest or questions about becoming a volunteer should contact the fire department at 682-8318.

The next village of Manlius board meeting will take place at 7p.m. on May 27 in the Manlius Village Centre.

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