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Manlius parking troubles continue

Nothing changes since last board meeting; business owners form merchants association

— On Feb. 12, the Manlius Village Board held its first meeting since the announcement that Mike Magley, the owner of the parking lot behind businesses on the 100 block of East Seneca street, had been towing cars nearly every day. A standing room only crowd, packed with government officials, business owners and concerned residents waited for nearly an hour to learn that the board was still waiting for a completed appraisal of lot 14 in order to make an offer on the lot and take the first step towards solving the parking problem.

The Jan. 22 meeting concluded with the board approving an appraisal for the parking lot. Last Tuesday, Mayor Mark-Paul Serafin said that village attorney Jeff Brown was unsuccessful at contacting the person who did an appraisal on the lot for the village back in 2005. The mayor, however, was able to track down the person who took over the job and who already had the previous appraisal paperwork in her hands. He said the amount owed by the village for the appraisal was well under the $3000 that had been pre-approved and he expects the appraisal to be completed by the next meeting on Feb. 26.

He also announced that he’d reached out to Caz Limo, Centro, and Bernie Bus to talk about the possibility of a shuttle bus between the municipal parking lot by SnoTop and the 100 block of East Seneca Street. As of now, Serafin is in talks with the companies about a possible shuttle system on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. He suggested that the cost could be split between the village and the impacted businesses.

“I am looking at ways we can look at an alternate solution until the situation is rectified,” Serafin said. “This could be temporary. I think that it is a reasonable approach.”

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