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Manlius village board approves the hire of new court clerk

Parking committee takes baby steps towards solving parking issue

— Stanley was hired by the Town of Manlius to fill the spot vacated by former court clerk Kim Amidon, who ceased to be employed by the town as of mid- January. Amidon was formally charged with stealing over $100,000 from the town on March 4. Barrett stated that Greenman had screened candidates carefully in order to prevent the same thing from happening in Manlius but at the same time, the village was being put under pressure to hire someone quickly.

“One big factor included in this [decision for hire] is the problems that the Town of Manlius court had with the charges against their court clerk- the money allegedly stolen,” Barrett said. “They have taken our court clerk and offered her a lot of money. They didn’t even discuss it with us.”

Spendle was scheduled to begin training on March 13.

Parking issue

Nat Tobin, owner of the Manlius Cinema, raised his hand during the public comment section of the meeting to report that the parking committee met on March 4 and that there were a couple members of the Department of Transportation present. He said that the DOT officials suggested that the village write a letter to the DOT recapping what was discussed at the meeting and asked if the letter had been sent.

Serafin replied that the letter had been drafted and that he planned to send it later in the week. He mentioned to the board that the parking committee had discussed putting in a “HAWK light” at the intersection of Wesley Street and East Seneca Street. When a pedestrian pushes the button, the light turns red and stops traffic. He said that the committee is also in discussion about putting in a strobe light crosswalk. The parking committee’s next meeting is scheduled for March 25.

Bicentennial Ball

Trustee Janice- Abdo Rott announced to the board that on April 27, there will be a Bicentennial Ball held to celebrate the village’s 200th birthday. Two Bicentennial Ball committee members, Laurie Venditti and Town of Manlius councilor Karen Green were in the audience to seek approval from the board for a $65 per person fee for guests attending the event.

Green said the fee covers just the expenses, which include dinner, wine, and musical entertainment. The board carried a motion to approve the fee for the event to be held at the Cavalry Club at the end of April.

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