continued “It’s not just what we want to have, a lot of [the plans] are what we need to have,” Whorrall said. “There are certain requirements by the state that we’re required to include. If we keep two stations, that’s double the amount of new things we need to add on.”
He mentioned that one of the stations doesn’t have a women’s bathroom, the other isn’t handicap-accessible and neither station has a room where firefighters can take off their soiled uniforms and clean them before entering the station.
Additionally, the renovations would expand the number of bunk rooms, so more firefighters could stay overnight. (Currently, only one station has bunk rooms, and it can only hold six people.) The tentative plans also call for a conference room and a meeting room, which Whorrall said could be used for community events as well.
As of now, nothing is set in stone, but the village board has put in an offer on the Route 92/ Enders Road property. Whorrall said the property is being held until the board is sure they’ve selected the best possible location. He also said the board is waiting to see more drawings and will plan to discuss the matter at its Oct. 15 meeting.
Fire Department Bicentennial
The Manlius Fire Department is celebrating its 200th birthday with two days of games, music and other activities. From to 11p.m. on Oct. 4, there will be carnival rides, games and treats for kids as well as live music and a presentation on the village’s history. On Saturday, Oct. 5, the festivities kick off with a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at St. Ann’s Church. The will be a parade starting at 11 a.m., and Whorral said more than 20 fire departments will be bringing their newest and oldest fire trucks to help celebrate Manlius’ 200th year of service. Following the parade will be games, rides, food and live music with a fireworks show at dusk.
Additionally, there will be several antique fire department items on display from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 including: hand pumpers, hose and chemical carts, leather-riveted hoses and antique firefighter clothing. For more information, call 682-9171.