Manlius Nearly 40 people showed up at the March 12 Manlius village board meeting. In a room that sits 24 audience members comfortably, some people were forced to squeeze chairs into the room and others were confined to sitting in the hall. During the two and a half hour meeting, the board covered a variety of topics: from the upcoming Bicentennial Ball, to the approval of a new village court clerk, to the parking issues occurring behind the lot on the 100 block of East Seneca Street.
Acting village justice Bill Barrett stood before the board and stated that Judge Joe Greenman had selected a paralegal named Jenna Spendle to be hired as the village’s new court clerk. Barrett stated that in order to complete the 40 to 50 hours of training needed before current court clerk Janet Stanley departs on March 31, Greenman hoped that Spendle could start as soon as possible.
Although it is customary for the village justice to ultimately decide whom he feels will be the best candidate for the court clerk position, the village board needs to approve the decision before a hiring can be made. Trustee Natalie Miner brought up the fact that the board was not presented with a resume or any of Spendle’s qualifications, which sparked a discussion about whether Spendle should be approved for hire.
The board was put in a tough position – in order for Spendle to get the proper training needed to perform the duties of court clerk, she needs to receive 40 to 50 hours of training. The board decided it could not push this decision back to its next meeting on March 26 due to time constraints and eventually carried a motion to appoint her effective immediately to work side by side with Stanley until March 31.