continued “It’s a bit of a conundrum and a sensitive issue with us. I’m trying to have a conversation with Magley to bring as many viable, financially realistic options for the board to consider,” he said.
However, the business owners and trustees alike realize that based on their past experiences with Magley, the asking price may very well be higher than what’s really in their comfort zone. Trustee Harold Hopkinson pointed out at the meeting that this will be especially difficult for the village, which is already pushing the limit with its expenses.
“We are facing a budget where we are using up reserves. We don’t have a balanced budget- we haven’t had a balanced budget for a while. Whatever we do has to be in line with working out a balanced budget.”
Mayor Serafin says that if the offer is made, Magley can either accept or reject it. If he rejects the offer, the board is considering pursuing eminent domain, a process in which the government has the right to expropriate private property for public use, with payment of compensation. It’s a lengthy process, however, and could take up to a year. Porto attended the Jan. 22 meeting along with Nat Tobin, owner of the Manlius cinema. Both were disappointed with how long the process could take and Porto stood up and told the board how some businesses on the block are suffering after just two weeks of the parking lot issue.
“I know that the owner of St. Laurent Framing lost 75 percent of his business already. You cannot deal with [Magley]. You pay him now and you’re going to have to pay him more the next time, and more the time after that. That’s the way he works. I want something resolved. We have no parking,” Porto said.