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Manlius fire department seeks to renovate stations

The Manlius Fire Station No. 1, on Stickley Drive, could see renovations and an addition soon.

The Manlius Fire Station No. 1, on Stickley Drive, could see renovations and an addition soon. Photo by Amanda Seef.

— The firefighters at Manlius Fire Department say it’s cramped quarters at their station on Stickley Drive.

“We’ve outgrown our facility,” said Chief Paul Whorrall. “The stations don’t meet our needs to provide the service.”

The station, nestled in the village of Manlius, is up for inspection by a team of engineers hired by the village to assess the department’s needs. The team will be looking at the department’s office, training, storage, garage and meeting space.

“We need to have the proper facility to be able to do our job safely and effectively,” Whorrall said.

Fayetteville catches flak

The town of Manlius budget process brought some flak to the Fayetteville Fire Department due to their station’s renovations. The cost of that project increased taxes in the fire protection district, but vote was only open to village residents. The town cited the village’s approved project as a reason the town’s tax levy increased more than 2 percent — at least, for the Fayetteville fire protection district. Should the residents choose to take this project to referendum, village residents will also be the only to vote, though the department’s fire protection district includes much of the town of Manlius, the village of Manlius and part of the town of Pompey. Residents in those portions of Manlius and Pompey would feel the effect of the project on the budget, but are not eligible to vote.

Renovating the stations is not a new concept, as it was scheduled to be brought to voters for a referendum in 2009. Weeks before the village-wide vote, the referendum was canceled as the village cited economic concerns.

But the plan is being resurrected in a renewed effort to rehab the fire department’s two stations — Stickley Drive and a second on Pompey Center Road.

This plan, though not designed, budgeted or finalized, could cost taxpayers less than the original $8 million plan in 2009.

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