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Manlius mayor considers attending fire conference

Manlius Fire Chief Paul Whorrall told the village board at its Aug. 26 meeting that he would not deny anyone the opportunity to attend the International Association of Fire Chiefs conference in Clearwater, Fla. at the end of October. He advised Assistant Chief Ray Dill to send in the paperwork for approval to go. His action follows the approval the board gave at the last meeting for Whorrall to attend the conference.

Whorrall said he only signs requisition requests for conferences and events that he feels are important for his staff to attend, and each is followed up with a teaching class at the firehouse and a presentation to the board.

Since the timing of this conference is happening after talks of creating a fire commission have started between the town and village, it was also recommended that members of the board participate in this conference, which has seminars on topics such as consolidation, combination leadership, and recruitment and retention.

Mayor Rick Penhall said that there is $2,000 in his budget because he didn't attend a recent New York Conference of Mayor's event, and will ask the board to send him to the conference. Penhall said he thinks if anyone should go it should be him because of the recent fire district talks.

The board was in agreement that they trust the leaders of their departments, and Trustee Eric Krouse said he doesn't have the insight to decide how many people should attend conferences, but if the chief says two people should go, he supports that decision. Whorrall said it was in their budget to send people to this conference and the board did approve sending Dill to the conference as well.

After months of meeting, the board held an executive session in the middle of the board meeting, and afterwards made a motion to approve the collective bargaining agreement with the Manlius Fire Union, which was approved.

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