Martha Dygert was appointed Manlius Village Clerk-Treasurer on Dec. 13.
Manlius Tell us about your family and background.
Married with six children and two grandchildren. I have three in college right now with my last graduating from high school in June. I currently live in Seneca Falls but will be relocating closer to Manlius within the next six months. I graduated from Romulus Central School in 1983 and attended college at Cayuga Community College and Ohio Northern University. I left college in 1986 when I had my first child and would very much like to go back and finish.
I worked for the village of Seneca Falls for 11 years – hired as the Clerk in 2001 and finished as deputy clerk-treasurer, registrar and cemetery manager when we closed the doors in December.
What was the process of “closing shop” in Seneca Falls like?
“Closing shop” in Seneca Falls was heart wrenching. Seeing a community divided by the dissolution issue was very hard. It seemed that toward the end the majority of people that we spoke with were unsure that dissolution was the right answer and a number of those same people were ones who confessed to voting “yes” for dissolution. The process itself was even further complicated by the fact that the town leaders and village leaders didn’t communicate well.
What unique perspectives/experience do you bring to the job?
Aside from the experience with the dissolution, I also have experience with water and sewer services to include budgeting and billing, managing a 14,000-grave cemetery and serving as the village zoning officer for five years. Even though those services here are handled by outside entities, it is good to have a strong working knowledge of all aspects of community living to provide the level of service that residents expect, in my opinion.
How has the transition to the village of Manlius been so far?