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Town of Manlius to waive special permit renewal fee

Would apply to residential properties in industrial zones

The Manlius Town Board decided last week that town residents who live in industrial zones will no longer be required to pay the $100 fee to renew their special use permit to have their property in an industrial zone.

Lamont to the rescue

Early this year longtime Liverpool landlord and businessman Val Lamont acquired the house at 107 Lake Drive that had been declared an unsafe structure Dec. 1 by the village board of trustees.

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State of the area: U.S., N.Y. politics as partisan, detrimental as they appear

The partisan politics of Washington are as bad and gridlocking as they look, and the governor’s politics in Albany are crippling the finances of our school district and endangering our children’s education. These were the two major messages received by about 50 area residents last week during the annual State of the Area event sponsored by the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce.

Village of Manlius makes zoning decisions

The Manlius Village Board recently approved changes to some village zoning regulations, including a local law regarding residential dwellings in commercial districts and a special use permit for a property on East Seneca Street.

Forum to examine link between child care and local economy

Affordable child care is the subject of a forum scheduled for Friday, Jan. 30, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It takes place at the United Way of Central New York, 518 James St., Syracuse.

4-H tractor safety and certification course to be held for youth 14 and 15 years old seeking employment on farms

Did you know that in New York State, farm employees must be 16 years old in order to be hired to operate farm equipment or machinery? Madison County Cornell Cooperative Extension will soon be hosting the 2015 4-H Agriculture and Tractor Safety Certification Program available to 14 and 15 year-olds interested in gaining employment on a farm.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: A new year brings new laws

With each new year, we look forward to changes and improvements in our communities. Many of these will come with new laws that went into effect in our state on Jan. 1, 2015. I’d like to highlight some of the laws that I feel will benefit our local families by growing our economy and keeping our community healthy and safe.

Lysander handles routine business

The Lysander Town Board passed a variety of resolutions at its Jan. 26 meeting. Notably, the board approved the creation of the Pompo Woods drainage and sewer districts as well as the retirement and reinstatement of two employees and took care of some business regarding the Lysander Radisson Community Arena.

Van Buren to help pave the way for solar power

With a somewhat laissez-faire approach, the town of Van Buren has opted to help make information about solar power options available to interested residents. The town board voted Jan. 20 to authorize Supervisor Claude Sykes to send a letter expressing interest about the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Community Solar NY program, a solar energy initiative led by the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board (CNYRPDB) and the national Solar Roadmap Initiative.

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Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce honors public service at banquet

The Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce last week honored outstanding citizens, businesses and non-profit organizations during its annual Distinguished Citizen’s Awards banquet.

Fayetteville residents voice concerns over proposed North Burdick Street development

Board votes 3-2 to adopt zone changes for project

Neighboring residents of the proposed 8,000-square-foot commercial development on North Burdick Street in Fayetteville last week voiced concerns about the planned location being on an area prone to flooding, and that a new development would displace the water into neighborhood homes.

No more: Starbucks customers who park at Empower Federal Credit Union will now get towed

Starbucks customers who can’t find a parking space and decide to park across the street to the Empower Federal Credit Union lot had better stop — bank officials are so annoyed by it that from now on all non-bank customers’ cars will be towed.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: New year brings new priorities for New York state

With a new year comes new commitments and renewed hope. Last week, the assembly welcomed new representatives. The swearing-in ceremony reminds all who attend to renew our commitment to public service.

Ralph Lalama, Nancy Kelly headline January Jazzfest

The CNY Jazz Arts Foundation is warming away the midwinter blues with some jazz. January Jazzfest is filling four levels of Mohegan Manor in Baldwinsville with a sampler of jazz artists Sunday, Jan. 25, including vocalist Nancy Kelly, saxophonist Ralph Lalama and trombonist Melissa Gardiner.

Madison Field Crops Meeting scheduled for March 17

The annual Madison County Field Crops Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 17. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Empire Tractor, 2893 Route 20 East in Cazenovia.