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Manlius Town Board may be considering potential sites for new town hall

Pictured is the former Jay’s Village Chevy building at 540 East Genesee Street in Fayetteville. The town of Manlius may be considering the site as a potential location for a new town hall.

Pictured is the former Jay’s Village Chevy building at 540 East Genesee Street in Fayetteville. The town of Manlius may be considering the site as a potential location for a new town hall. Photo by Allie Wenner.

— Since the Manlius, Minoa and Fayetteville Police Departments consolidated in 1985 into the Manlius Police Department, the Town of Manlius has toyed with the idea of bringing the police department and the town offices together into one building in a centralized location.

Currently, the town pays the village of Manlius about $90,000 a year to house the police in the back section of the Manlius Village Centre on Arkie Albanese Avenue.

Following his re-election in November 2013, Town of Manlius Supervisor Ed Theobald told the Eagle Bulletin that one of his goals this term is to get the project started.

“I’d like to see our town hall and police department come together and be in one location,” Theobald said. “We’re leasing a space from the village of Manlius, and it’s very expensive. I’d like to do some research to see it there’s a current structure in the town – something centrally located. We want to find something established that we could renovate.”

In recent months, rumors have swirled that the Manlius Town Board is in the process of shopping around for sites for a new town hall. Theobald said these rumors are false and that the project is still in preliminary stages.

“It’s been discussed for so long, but no one’s taken the time to bring it together and try to get it done,” Theobald said. “It’s in discussion – I’ve talked in generalities to each of the board members… I think it’s time we at least look into it more seriously.”

Town officials have been tight-lipped and vague when asked for details about plans for a new town hall, leaving even other local leaders in the dark. When asked what could become of the current town hall, located on Brooklea Drive, if the town were to vacate the space, Fayetteville Mayor Mark Olson had no answer.

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