The Fayetteville Manlius Joint Fire District was again the main topic of conversation at the Jan. 14 Manlius Village Board meeting.
The decision to accept or reject fire protection engineer J. Gordon Routley's proposed $22,000 economic study was put on hold. After much discussion, the board came to the conclusion that, as Mayor Rick Penhall said, to do something that turns out unsuccessful is a waste of time.
In order to make sure decisions aren't made too quickly and that issues don't go unresolved, Penhall will go back to work along with Fayetteville Mayor Mark Olsen and the fire chiefs of both Fayetteville and Manlius to work on creating a steering committee that will access what needs to be done.
Daniel Seidberg, of 4369 Winding Creek Rd, said he read the study Routley did for the town of Camillus and called it a collection of generic statements 100 percent lacking in any detail. He also encouraged board members to read over the study before sending him a check. Though Seidberg said it was reported back that the town of Camillus was happy with the work done by Routley, he did not mince any words by calling the study garbage.
When asked how he felt about the fire district, Manlius Fire Chief Paul Whorrall called it a nightmare; everything has gotten out of hand. He said going back to square one is an option, and what was supposed to be a benefit has turned into a mess.
Mike Pfeiffer, speaking for the firefighters union, submitted a letter to the board during the public forum that said while the concept is potentially beneficial, the current Memorandum of Understanding couldn't be supported because many of the union's concerns have not been addressed.
For the full story, read the next Eagle Bulletin due out Jan. 21.