By Jennifer Kiefl
Trustees discussed the initial proposal for renovations pertaining to Manlius' longtime landmark, the Swan Pond, and its surrounding areas at its May 27 village board meeting. Changes, however, still depend on a grant that must be approved by the Environmental Protection Act Parks Program.
Future plans include dredging the Swan Pond, making it more handicapped-accessible and building a skatepark behind the police department. Whatever changes are made, trustees said they would not take away the emphasis from the most unique part of the village.
Since economic development will be a key factor in obtaining the grant, improvements to the amphitheater include making it larger, adding restrooms and moving the stage so the sun is not directly in the performers' eyes. A path connecting Stickley Drive to the pond area is also in the plans. Right now the grant deadline is end of June, and though the board liked the renovations presented, there are still some small details to work out, but the plan in process was accepted.
Manlius village residents will now have a doggie daycare in Manlius Mart plaza. The special permit to open the business was unanimously approved by the board during last week's meeting. Owner Leah Pekarsky had overwhelming public support during a standing room only public hearing, and all seven members of the board agreed the village and many neighborhood dogs will benefit from her business.
Village engineer Chuck White presented the approved preliminary design for drainage outfall structure to handle runoff in the Westfield Avenue area. The work for this project would have to be started as soon as possible, with June being an "aggressive" schedule, but that would help get work done by October and hopefully before snow starts to fall. The village will be paying for the drainage, but attorney Jeff Brown expressed concern about having the town's support before moving forward with the project.