Tetley speaks out against Bluffs

Former supervisor Mark Tetley voiced his opposition to the idea of a town-supported committee to resolve the issue at The Bluffs during the July 28 town board meeting.

Recently, Councilor David Marnell and Supervisor Ed Theobald have agreed to investigate the availability of grants to shore up the land off Bluffview Drive.

Tetley urged the board to move forward once the Department of State's May ruling favored the town. He also expressed concern the town would "even consider" wasting time and taxpayers' money to keep the issue alive.

"The people demanding further attention on this have misrepresented the facts before this board, implied this board is criminal, insulted the spouses of board members, harassed town employees in public, and wasted town taxpayers' money and this board's time," Tetley said.

Former councilor John Curtis also appeared in front of the board to support Tetley's view.

Marnell is seeking to take the issue out of the boardroom and possibly discover newfound grants or in-kind services.

Theobald suggested that Tessier look into available grants.

Board reviews sign regulations

Manlius town officials apparently have more work to do before an amendment to the existing sign ordinance is finalized.

Dave Tessier, the town's director of planning and development, told the town board his office is reviewing the current signage codes relating to portable and permanent signs.

Portable signage, including not for profit advertising, political candidates and residential contractor signs must not exceed four square feet per face or four feet in height. No signs, according to the law, can be placed in a public street or right of way that will obstruct or impair vision or traffic. In addition, such signs must not create a public hazard or disturbance.

During the public hearing, Mary Coleman of Fayetteville noted the law allows only three signs advertising not for profit activities. The board agreed that was not an appropriate number for such school events as athletic events, can drives or drama productions.

Also, such signs shall be erected no more than a week before the event and shall be removed immediately following the event.

The planning board and zoning board of appeals will continue to oversee any sign variance and Tessier's staff will be vested with the authority to issue permits and regulate sign usage.

Tessier and the board will address the sign ordinance again at a future meeting.

John Zych is a regular contributing writer for the Eagle Bulletin.

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