Joint fire district in hands of Manlius Village Board

The proposed joint fire district between Fayetteville and Manlius now lays in the hands of the Manlius Village Board. Three of the four municipalities involved have voted to approve an intensive study that will focus on financial analyses as well as potential advantages or disadvantages for creating one fire district.

The towns of Manlius and Pompey and the village of Fayetteville are in agreement that a study should be pursued. Trustees from the Manlius Village Board expressed concern at a special meeting held Jan. 2 over the company Mayor Mark Olson would like to use to conduct the study, and discussed a need for request for proposals before locking into a contract with the Canadian-based consultant.

Additionally, trustees and members from the public spoke up about the steering committee in the process of being created. Some said they would like to see a proactive committee that will form and and meet with each other prior to talks with J. Gordon Routley, the fire protection engineer Olson would like to hire.

The cost for the consultant would be divided between the four municipalities at $5,500 each. Mayor Rick Penhall said, if approved, the money would come from a contigency fund.

The board plans to further address the issues and call for a vote at its next meeting Jan. 13. If the board votes down any study, the joint fire district concept will be null and void. If they choose to approve a study, whether it's with Routley or another company, discussions will continue to move forward.

Read more in next week's Eagle Bulletin.

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