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Manlius Village Board hires recreation director

The Manlius Village Board last week unanimously voted in a new parks and recreation director.

Kristen Machan-Hansen will replace Jim Raulli, the former director who worked five years for the village. She is a Fayetteville native and F-M graduate, earned a bachelor of science in education at SUNY Cortland and a master of science in park and recreation administration with an emphasis on outdoor recreation management at Indiana University.

Machan-Hansen was employed as a site supervisor for Orange County Parks and Recreation in Orlando, Fla. before serving three and a half years as parks director for the Avon-Washington Township Parks and Recreation Department in Central Indiana.

Her first work experience began in Central New York as a summer camp counselor for Recreation Director Steve Miles from the town of Manlius.

"As strong as Kristen's education is and as diversified as her work history has been, Ms. Machan-Hansen brings a passion for her work and is eager to be serving the village of Manlius," said Mayor Mark-Paul Serafin. "Kristen not only will keep our parks and rec department and its programs vibrant, [but] she [also] has the drive to grow this important department and develop new and exciting offerings that will enhance the quality of life in our village."

Machan-Hansen was hired at a salary rate of $40,000 per year plus benefits. She is expected to begin employment Tuesday Oct. 12.

In other news:

The board approved consultant Karen Curulla to continue assisting and training village clerk Lisa DeVona, up to and not to exceed 95 additional hours at a rate of $50 per hour.

Her scope of services includes assisting with the 2009-10 fiscal year audit and to also give support for the treasurer-side of village business through Friday Nov. 5.

Curulla has been serving the village as a consultant since last year, accumulating a total of 305 hours, minus the 95 hours just approved.

Serafin said Curulla's services will no longer be needed for this calendar year after Nov. 5, but the board is open to hiring her again in the future as needed.

The Manlius Village Board will next meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 28 at the Manlius Village Center, 1 Arkie Albanese Ave.

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