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Village employee miffed over retirement options

Department of Public Works Assistant Superintendent Scott St. Hilaire addressed the Manlius Village Board Sept. 9 regarding his retirement. He said he felt discriminated against when it came to the issue of his retirement from the village. St. Hilaire has worked for the village for more than 26 years, entitling him to the insurance coverage in the current employee handbook that states after 25 years, a village employee can receive benefits regardless of age.

The new employee handbook, in the process of final reviews and awaiting future adoption, will add that the retirement age is 55. That leaves St. Hilaire with the option of retiring from the village before the age clause is added to receive benefits because he is younger than 55 years of age. St. Hilaire said he does not plan on retiring before the age of 55 but felt like the privilege of retirement was being taken away from him.

Trustee Mark-Paul Serafin said the board was trying to save taxpayers' money with the updates to the retirement policy, and the board wanted to make it clear that in no way were they trying to deny St. Hilaire his benefits. Additionally, Trustee Natalie Minor pointed out that St. Hilaire was awarded benefits at a board meeting last month.

Temporary signs for businesses

Village of Manlius Trustee Marc Baum presented the board with a proposed amendment for new businesses and temporary signs. The proposal was for businesses to be allowed a temporary sign for up to 60 days, with a 30-day extension available, from the opening of the business while applying for, designing and awaiting approval on their permanent sign from the planning board. Baum said it would give businesses a chance to hit the ground running because it's hard to be in business without a sign.

The board generally agreed the proposal was a good idea, but said the planning board needed to review it and give its input. The proposal was sent to the planning board for review by a 5-2 vote.

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