Monumental debate waged

Local veterans and the parks committee don't see eye-to-eye about a new monument honoring the most recent veterans. A double-sided monument for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan has been created for the Veterans Memorial Park in front of the Manlius Village Centre. This monument, however, was created without what Parks Committee Chair Janice Abdo-Rott called going through the "proper channels" because the parks committee was not contacted about it first. During the Nov. 12 Manlius Village Board meeting, Abdo-Rott said the memorial park was designed because everyone knows how important veterans are, but the parks committee needs to be involved with any additions.

Parks committee member and veteran Steve Chamerberlain said two reasons the location, picked out by the veterans, wouldn't work was because too much emphasis would be given to current conflicts by having the monument placed in front of the others. Chamberlain said that it would also make the park look almost like a cemetery.

The debate, heated at some points after tempers flared over a misunderstanding about the importance of names on the monuments, ended with Mayor Rick Penhall saying he doesn't want the village board making this decision and that both sides need to work together to reach a compromise.

The Manlius Village Board approved a local law 4-2 that will allow new businesses to hang a temporary sign for up to 60 days while they wait for the approval of a permanent one.

Trustee Marc Baum said he feels it will help businesses have a better chance to succeed and the village should be doing everything they can to help.

The board will next meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 25 at the Manlius Village Centre.

Jennifer Kiefl is a regular contributing writer for the Eagle Newspapers.

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