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Manlius Swan Pond: First phase renovations to begin

If a diligent community committee makes its mark, the Swan Pond will be restored and revitalized to once again make the village of Manlius community proud.

Village trustee Janice Abdo-Rott is spearheading the charge that will consult with Saratoga Associates, an out of town landscaping, architectural, engineering and planning firm, to create a design that will be "a lovely park setting for everyone in the village to enjoy."

The village board recently approved a motion to move forward with the first phase of the project that will be partially funded by a $100,000 matching grant from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

The board previously approved the expenditure of $146,152 in addition to the grant award. Because the Saratoga estimated first phase cost is $276,750, the village must make up the difference ($30,598). Abdo-Rott is confident the project will be budgeted.

The project's committee is comprised of several village representatives including Abdo-Rott, Mayor Mark-Paul Serafin, clerk Lisa DeVona, tree commissioner Steve Chamberlain, DPW superintendent John Maher, codes enforcement director Dave Tessier, historian Barbara Rivette and Parks and Rec director Kristen Hansen. Planning board member Marilyn Jeffery and Dave Seager from the DPW are also members of the committee.

The first phase will focus on infrastructure improvements, she said, starting with a site survey and wetlands survey, pond water sampling and analysis. Also, the project will address trench excavation, area re-grading, fountain repairs and pond wall reconstruction. The installation of storm sewer pipe and decorative lighting are also on the to-do list.

Abdo-Rott said the committee will meet soon with Saratoga Associates and consequently hold regular meetings to finalize the design.

"We are almost there," Abdo-Rott added. "The committee wants everyone to be happy with the design before we move forward."

Abdo-Rott is recommending the village take the project a step further after receiving a conceptual site plan design from Saratoga Associates.

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