Town of Manlius, NY
Welcome to the Town of Manlius
Town of Manlius Enviromental Council (TMEC)

Mailing Address:

Town of Manlius
301 Brooklea Dr.
Fayetteville, NY 13066

(315) 637-8815
Fax: (315) 637-0713


The first cooperative effort (1973) among the Town of Manlius and its villages of Fayetteville, Manlius, and Minoa, recognizing the fact that environmental issues transcend town and village boundary lines.

Town of Manlius and its villages have been ahead of New York State in being aware of environmentally sensitive issues.

TMEC provides a variety of support services to the town and its three villages including:

  1. Reviews proposals to identify environmental impacts and suggests mitigating actions
  2. Tracks long-term environmental trends in water, air and land use quality throughout the Town of Manlius
  3. Studies environmental protection practices to seek ideas for local projects
  4. Maintains a 30 year file of photographs, slides and documentation relating to local environmental issues and land use, including three complete fly-overs of the town.

The current TMEC group offers strong advisory support and expertise:

  1. Peter Arsenault, A.I.A. - architect and planner
  2. Susan H. Curran – science teacher Syracuse City schools, former member Onondaga Lake Citizens Advisory Committee
  3. Ray D’Hollander, P.E. – geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineer
  4. Al Friedman, P.E., DEE, Dr. Engineering – environmental engineer, SU professor emeritus, consultant on national and international environment projects
  5. John Loosmann – retired FM teacher, created local environmental study and action projects for 30 years
  6. William Patrick, M.D. – interested in preserving natural areas and aesthetically pleasing compatible development
  7. Barbara Rivette – walked, flown over Town of Manlius for 40 years, member of local enviro groups in Onondaga and Madison counties
  8. Richard Sturley, P.E., member emeritus – on call – expert on drainage, ground water, flood plain and all issues north of canal
Members are UNPAID VOLUNTEERS – chairman and clerk receive modest stipends

TMEC has focused on:

  1. Advocating drainage districts and zero increase in rate of runoff – now routing
  2. Advocating detention basins – now routine
  3. Developing strong control measures to prevent erosion by wind and water
  4. Offering recommendations about light and sound abatement
  5. Maintaining ground water quality
  6. A variety of local issues – over-all combined impact of incremental environmental changes gravel beds (Action Topsoil, Raimondo), quarries (Jamesville when operating and Kinsella today), land use and flood plain activity
  7. Identifying sensitive environmental locations – an extensive TMEC study was responsible for the state’s expansion of Green Lakes State Park to include drainage and land surrounding the old growth forest and Round Lake which are on the National Register of Natural Landmarks. The land was originally slated for residential housing (Signal Hill).

April 2, 2003 – Barbara S. Rivette

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