Lydia Kaufman of 308 Pleasant St. came to the board about possibly having two amnesty days a year to get rid of any garbage or debris usually not allowed to be thrown out in the village. The board agreed to look into having a day in the spring and a day in the fall for clean-up dates. Kaufman also said, that even though it seemed frivolous, she wondered if taxes could be paid by credit card. Treasurer/Clerk Bryan Gazda said this option was something he was currently looking into and that surcharges would somehow need to be charged back to the residents that would use a credit card, but it was an option worth having.
Taxes was also an issue causing confusion due to the tax rate decreasing, but the taxes actually being paid, increased. Trustee Natalie Minor said she was experienced the same thing and it relates to house assessments and the tax year. A house's assessed value is shown on the next year's taxes, meaning this year's taxes are based on last year's assessments. This lead to confusion with resident Walt Stroud because even with the decrease in the tax rate, his property value increased last year and he saw an 11.9 percent increase in his taxes this year.
July 4 awards
The awards for the Fourth of July parade were announced at the village of Manlius board meeting June 10. The Distinguished Citizen Award is going to the Manlius Fire Department. Berkley Associates will receive the Swan Award, which is given to a local business that has made a positive contribution over the past year. The Special Recognition Award is going to Anne Menter and the Service Recognition Award is going to village planning board member Helen Chamberlain.
Menter and Chamberlain were both on the Vision Manlius Steering Committee, which put together the Comprehensive Plan for the village. Recreation Director Jim Raulli said that right now, a Grand Marshall for the parade has yet to be decided.
There is a missing fire hydrant on Northfield Lane leaving about 800 feet of area without coverage. The board can have OCWA install the hydrant at a varied rate over 30 years, with this year's payment at $192.27.
The Manlius Village Board will next meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday June 24 at the Manlius Village Center.
Jennifer Kiefl is a contributing writer for the Eagle Newspapers.