Election Day, held Nov. 3, resulted in a close race for incumbent Democrat Mark Tetley and his opponent Republican Ed Theobald for the position of Manlius Town Supervisor.
Tetley, who served one two-year term, lost to Theobald by a mere 37 votes. It wasn't until a few weeks after the election that the Onondaga County Board of Elections confirmed the total count.
When Mark Tetley was sworn in as supervisor in 2007, he was the sole Democrat on an otherwise full Republican board. During his term, he faced challenges due to opposing politics, but in the end, Tetley came out strong, earning the respect of his fellow board members.
Among the many accomplishments Tetley is most proud include declaring Three Falls Woods a Critical Environmental Area. The designation does not prevent developers from building on the land, but does require additional scrutiny by the town to determine any environmental impact on this very sensitive area.
"If there is any land that deserves to be acquired by local governments for preservation, it is Three Falls Woods," Tetley said. "It is a spectacular example of the ecological diversity of Upstate New York."
Other highlights include tightened spending, the installation of new accounting and payroll systems, and starting a townwide stormwater management plan to make sure drainage concerns in the town are resolved. He helped educate the public about the ongoing container intermodal project at the CSX rail yards, and also convinced the board to approve the idea of using a grant procurement specialist to take advantage of funding available from state and federal sources. Looking back, however, Tetley said he feels the approval of employing a grant procurement specialist took far too long.
"As a result we may have missed out on some important grant opportunities," he said.
Tetley also said he should have been more insistent about merging the tax receiver's duties into the town clerk's office because it "can save money and put the limited space in Town Hall to better use."