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Manlius Town Board hears village fire budgets

Another major increase to the village of Fayetteville fire protection district will be labor costs, Olson said. Three years ago, the fire department received 2,100 calls in one year. This year, the fire department has already received 3,000 calls, and that number is expected to increase in 2009.

The village of Minoa defended its addition of a brush truck in its public hearing, a change from the draft presented in April. This truck, a four-door mini pumper, will respond to 85 percent of the calls, and will be more cost-effective, said Bill Brazill, trustee for the village of Minoa.

Another representative from Minoa attended the meeting to discuss changes to the 2009 town budget. During the public hearing, Nancy Howe, president of the Board of Trustees of the Minoa Free Library, asked the board a second time to reinstate the $10,000 to the library, the same day that Governor David A. Paterson proposed to cut $20 million from the state library system fund.

"The effect will trickle down to all libraries, including Minoa," Howe said. "In strategically planning for our future, the Minoa Free Library would like to have as many sources of funding available as possible, regardless of the amount."

Howe said 14 percent of the library's patrons come from other parts of the town of Manlius.

Members of the public had different opinions. Hamilton Armstrong of Fayetteville encouraged the board to "give them a break" while Lou VanWie of Kirkville, said he doesn't feel he should have to pay for the library tax as part of the East Syracuse-Minoa School District budget, which partly funds the library.

The board restated its position, determined two years ago, that town funding for the Minoa Free Library would be weaned off. The Fayetteville Free Library and the Manlius Library did not receive funding last year, the board said.

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