Last-minute votes force Manlius Village Board to reevaluate process

Call for action

Following a short public hearing on the 2010-11 tentative budget, the Manlius Village Board on April 13 addressed various last-minute items. Each issue required an immediate motion, which, in turn, raised concern among trustees over the board's current process of handling business.

Trustee Natalie Miner spoke out.

"This is the third item that we got in this meeting [where] basically someone has been demanding this board have to make a decision right now," she said. "...You get to a point where it's irresponsible."

Mayor Mark-Paul Serafin justified the board's agenda that evening as being responsive -- not irresponsible -- to the requests being presented.

"We don't rush things through, as a rule," he said. "In the last year, we have not done [it] that often."

Trustee Eric Krouse suggested, and the board agreed, that utilizing a planning calendar about six months out would benefit them in addressing upcoming and timely issues, thus tackling them long before any deadlines arise.

Motions made

The board unanimously voted to publicize a proposed event by Parks & Recreation Director Jim Raulli. The Syracuse Soap Box Derby is a youth amateur racing event that would be held for three weekends in August, September and October. It would be held on Pride Lane behind Fayetteville-Manlius High School.

Raulli said there are funds from next year's budget to cover the franchise fee of $1,100 per weekend, which would total $3,300 if the village chooses to hold all six races. The fee includes liability insurance.

Derby representatives plan to discuss the event in detail at the April 27 meeting, Raulli said, and on May 3, children ages 8 to 17 are welcome to attend an informational seminar where they can learn more about the event. The seminar is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday May 3 in the Manlius Village Auditorium.

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