By Jennifer Kiefl
The reduced scope version of the Village Centre Park Master Plan was presented at the Manlius Village Board June 10 meeting by landscape architect Terry Horst of Maxian and Horst. In order to be a candidate for the state's Environmental Protection Act Parks Program Grant, the budget needs to be at $350,000 or less, and the projected budget of the reduced scope master plan is $684,094.05. Half of the budget money would come from the grant, and the other half would be paid for by the village.
The main goal in applying for the grant is to update and dredge the Swan Pond, and one main factor in receiving the grant is economic development and revitalization. That is why the restrooms near the amphitheater and the trail from amphitheater to Stickley Drive have remained in the reduced scope master plan, while the skatepark and the relocation of the amphitheater have been removed for this phase of the project.
Village Attorney Jeff Brown said the Swan Pond is the crown jewel that has faded and DPW Superintendent John Maher said the pond was in rough shape. The deadline for the grant is the end of the month, and the village should know by early next year if they will receive the grant.
Westfield Drive drainage project
The town of Manlius has given the village approval for the Westfield Drive drainage project, with a request to see the copy of the final plans. The plan involves expanding the current easement located at Pete Middlemiss' property on Westfield Drive because the current easement isn't wide enough. Brown said Middlemass was offered $5,000 for the right of way, which he rejected because he said the offer was too low. The board accepted a motion to send a letter to Middlemiss giving him a week from receiving it to accept the offer or have both the offer withdrawn and the project suspended.