Manlius After almost seven years of research and planning, the Village of Manlius is ready to take the next step towards building a new fire station.
The proposed new station, which would be located at the corner of Route 92 and Enders Road, would replace the village’s two current fire stations, which are in dire need of repair.
Time is running out for the village – its contract with Walrus Enterprises, who has been holding the property for the village at a rate of $1,000 a month, is expiring at the end of August. Due to the recent passing of the CEO of this organization, the village is not confident that the current option agreement will be extended and if it does not act soon, it will likely lose the property.
The next step for the village is to take out a bond to pay off the expenses of the proposed project. According to New York State Finance Law, in order for a bond resolution to be adopted by a governmental entity, it must have completed the SEQR process to prove that the project “avoids or minimizes adverse environmental impacts … and weighs and balances them with the social, economic and other essential considerations.”
To begin the SEQR process, a lead agency must be determined and must complete environmental assessment forms, which are developed by the state to determine if a proposed project might have a significant impact on the environment.
Because the village has already done its homework in terms of environmental research, it is asking the town of Manlius to allow it to take lead agency status for the project in an effort to help speed up the process so it will be able to hold a referendum Aug. 26.
“Before the bond resolution can be put before the voters, a [positive findings statement] has to have been made,” said Manlius Village Clerk Martha Dygert. “The village estimates that $440,000 has been spent on this project so far. And to let it go after doing our due diligence and looking at [all of the possible environmental impacts], the potential of having to go back to square one and having to do all the environmental assessments and re-reviewing is going to add more to that cost.”