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Board member gives her side of the story

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 3:28 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 3:42 p.m. CDT

MANLIUS — A Manlius Village Board member has explained her side of the story of a recent incident involving a resident.

At Tuesday's village board meeting, board member Jan Williams said she wanted to let people know what happened after the board's recent special board meeting.

On the Friday after that special meeting, someone showed up at her house who didn't like the way she had voted or the information she had supplied, Williams said. There were two people in the car and the male got out of the car and was having a "decent" conversation with her, as she (Williams) was preparing to leave in her own vehicle.

Williams said the male was trying to stop the other person from getting out of the car, but the person, a female, got out. The female started cussing and screaming at Williams saying she was "killing her children."

Williams said she and the man both told the woman to get back in the car. The woman did get back in the car, but continued to swear at her and called her crazy, Williams said.

At that time, Williams said she proceeded to retaliate with her own words because she'd had enough. How much does a person have to swallow, Williams asked.

After her explanation of the incident, Williams asked village attorney Mick Henneberry if there was a way to prevent people from coming to your house and behaving like that when you are on the village board.

In response, Henneberry said each board member has the choice to make. If the board member feels they are personally under attack, they have the right to seek an order of protection, the attorney said.

Williams said she had called the police, but she wanted the rest of the board and those in attendance at Tuesday's meeting to know what happened.

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