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Playground progress slow in Manlius

MANLIUS – Moving playground equipment from the Bureau Valley School District into the village of Manlius may be a larger, more expensive project than the village board originally expected.

A couple months ago, the village expressed interest in taking the playground equipment off the special school’s hands. BV had hopes it could be removed by the end of June.

However on Tuesday, the village board agreed that the lack of volunteerism in the village and the extent of the project, it would have to be bid out to a local contractor. 

Village board member Dawn Reglin suggested the board let the school know the project may not happen as quickly as the school hoped.

“If we go out for bids now, it’s going to be a couple months before we even know, and they were hoping to have it out of there, I think, by June,” she said.

If the school can work with the village on an extended time, and if the village decides the cost of moving the equipment will be worth it, then the village anticipates the start date of the project to be in July or August.

If all goes as planned, and the equipment is moved, the village agreed Tuesday to move it to the baseball diamond on the west side of the railroad tracks, off of North Main Street, instead of Mullen Memorial Park.

At the request of a village resident to have the playground on the west side of the tracks to avoid children having to cross the tracks to get to a park, the village board agreed to keep the equipment on the west side.

Village President Robin Hewitt said someone will have to double check to make sure farmers’ tiles and the sewer weren’t located underground, in case they have to dig.

Village board member Jan Williams said it would be easier to place the equipment near the ball park, rather than in the Mullen Memorial Park because of the trees.

All the board members agreed it would be nice to have a playground at the ball park for smaller children.

In other news, the board:

• Approved a liquor license for Tammy Benson. The board voted 5-1 with Joe Hunt voting no.

• Approved Manlius Day for Aug. 3.

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