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FalconView fed up with flooding

Recent heavy rains have ignited concerns with residents in the FalconView neighborhood, located just northeast of Fayetteville-Manlius High School.

Marianne Wilson, of Turnstone Drive, spoke to the board Oct. 13 on behalf of the neighborhood about extensive flooding and drainage issues that occur when heavy rains hit the area.

In 2004, the development endured what came to be known as the 100-year flood, changing Turnstone Drive from a passable road to a raging river, Wilson said.

"It was three feet deep in areas when it crested," she said. "And some of us had three feet of water in basements, too, as a result."

FalconView was the only development in Manlius that was impacted by the storm.

Most recently, residents were hit twice in August and September with heavy rains again. Wilson confirmed at least 18 homes suffered basement flooding as a result of the Sept. 30 flood.

"On my block on Turnstone, in between Tuft Road and Tinderbox Circle, fully 50 percent of the houses incurred water intrusion in their basements," Wilson said.

Supervisor Ed Theobald, who said he's been meeting with officials over the past few months about drainage districts, agreed to meet with residents to discuss the town's plans in tending to the issues. Highway Superintendent Rob Cushing also said he would visit the area to see what the department can do to aid in the initiative.

Fire study consultant approved

The Manlius Town Board is the last municipality to approve the hiring of RFG Fire Rescue Consulting to execute the fire services study involving the villages of Manlius, Minoa and Fayetteville and the towns of Manlius and Pompey. The fire steering committee ultimately reviewed a pool of four proposals, and after interviews, it unanimously recommended RFG.

"We never figured the best consultant would be the cheapest consultant and the cost is actually less than the [$20,000] grant that Fayetteville and Manlius got," Loeffler said.

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