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Manlius mayoral candidates speak

Additionally, Serafin discussed the idea of creating a bypass to alleviate traffic congestion.

"I'm gonna be in that oval office with Barack Obama and Mayor Olsen -- you mark my words -- and I said to Mayor Olsen, let's finally put it on the table and ask for a bypass," Serafin said. "Now is the time to take a serious look at that to see if there's any more to help us realize that dream, because that would have an enormous impact on our commercial district, on people feeling safe enough to walk through our village."

On the proposed joint fire district

Serafin said he supports the proposal of uniting the Manlius and Fayetteville fire departments.

"I work very hard with the chiefs and all officials to keep moving toward that goal," Serafin said. "I hear positive things and they give me input as to why this is important."

Baum said he's for consolidation in general for the fire district, given some parameters.

"The most important thing -- and even more important than consolidation for the sake of consolidating, is services," Baum said. "I don't want to have to worry about boundaries [and] distance. If my house is on fire, I'd like a response and I'd like it to be timely."

On Vision Manlius

Baum described the village's comprehensive plan as groundwork and an outline for the future, representing the kind of village residents would like to see.

"It's important that we keep moving forward on it," he said. "We've spent a lot of time and resources on it and I think the residents and the taxpayers in the village deserve an outcome that's really spectacular, and I think we're on the way of getting there."

Serafin, too, agreed the plan is a great guideline with goals, strategies and plans. As mayor, he said he would charge the board each year to select up to eight of the plans' goals that trustees would target and track.

Additionally, Serafin said the plan has already been considered: the architect for the proposed development center alongside Legion Hall looked at the design guidelines and incorporated them into his layout.

"As mayor, that's not going to become a dust collector," he said.

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