Manlius Town Board: Next month: 'Oztober'

In less than a month, visitors from around the country will come to Manlius and take part in a three-day event to celebrate L. Frank Baum and his story, "The Wizard of Oz."

The International Wizard of Oz Club chose the villages of Fayetteville and Manlius for its 2008 venue, and at the Sept. 10 Manlius Town Board meeting, Supervisor Mark Tetley officially proclaimed the month of October, "Oztober."

"Thank you all for taking the time to make this proclamation," said Judy Dardzinski, Oz planning group representative. "I am very pleased and proud to see how many businesses are involved with it."

Sally Roesch Wagner, executive director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, distributed flyers to the board and attendees, listing activities scheduled throughout the convention.

Highway Superintendent Bill Bennett summarized the 2009 preliminary highway budget to the board. Bennett highlighted various categories, such as staff, equipment and material, comparing costs now to those almost a decade ago.

"We normally use about 35,000 gallons of fuel a year," said Bennett, noting the price of gas in 1999 was 44 cents a gallon. "We spent approximately $15,000 on fuel (in 1999). In 2008, [it costs] $3.85 a gallon. That same 35 gallons have cost us $133,750."

The board will next meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 24 at the Manlius Town Hall.

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