Swan Pond project takes flight this spring

Village of Manlius plans park clean-up, renovations

Renovations to the Swan Pond in Manlius are planned to begin this spring.

Renovations to the Swan Pond in Manlius are planned to begin this spring. Photo by Amanda Seef.

— The Swan Pond, a favorite walking destination of village of Manlius residents, has been targeted by the village for a series of improvements.

The village hopes to start a $950,000 project this spring to clean up the upper Swan Pond that is visible from Fayette Street, said Mayor Mark-Paul Serafin. Renovations to the surrounding park are also planned.

The village board will vote on the budget for the project during its March 13 meeting. The village has been working with landscape architects Saratoga Associates to develop designs and a plan for the area and will send out drawings to contractors to get proposals once the budget is approved, Serafin said.

The village has already appropriated $172,000 from its general fund and received $100,000 in grant money from New York State for the project. The remaining $678,000 will be paid for with bonds that will be need to be paid off over the next fifteen years, said village clerk Martha Dygert.

Mayor Serafin said the will not raise taxes to pay for the bonds associated with the project.

“That is my bottom line,” he said. “When I joined the board of trustees back in 2007 we lowered the tax rate and it has stayed the same ever since.”

In working on its budget for next year, Serafin said the village is working on a five-year plan that will budget money for the bond payments, while not raising taxes.

The project will include draining and dredging of the upper pond to remove sediment and other debris that have collected in the bottom. Some repairs need to be done to the foundation of one of the pond’s retaining walls, Serafin said. The fountain is also in need of repair.

While the pond is being dredged, the village will catch and relocate the pond’s trout and move its two swans, Manny and Faye, to a safe location, Serafin said.

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