Skaneateles town board at work

Town board appoints safety committee, creates voucher system

The Skaneateles Town Board, at its Dec. 21 meeting, decided to extend a pair of public hearings into January. The two hearings deal with the extension of an existing water district and the creation of a new sewer district to facilitate residential development off of Old Seneca Turnpike between State Street and Mottville and Jordan roads.

The development is the work of Old Seneca Heights LLC. As proposed, it will consist of 20 townhouse-style condominiums in five buildings and 48 "accessible units" in six buildings.

The proposed water district extension would comprise 88.65 acres. Water would be drawn from the existing town supply and would be carried to the site via an existing 12-inch main. It will include three new fire hydrants and two water services on Old Seneca Turnpike and five hydrants and 11 water services within the development itself.

The developer would install 1,700 lineal feet of 10-inch main and 1,320 feet of eight-inch main within the development. Old Seneca Heights would pay the $366,000 cost of the project.

Upon build-out, a blanket easement for maintenance will be conveyed to the town. The town would charge residents the same quarterly water rates as those paid by users of consolidated water district number one. Based upon daily average consumption of 360 gallons, estimated yearly charges would amount to approximately $160 per unit.

Public comment

During the public comment period, Joseph Zennamo, who lives across Old Seneca Turnpike from the proposed development, said that residents adjacent to the proposed extension area were not included in the discussion about its formation. If the town were truly interested in developing the community and optimizing the quality of life for all residents, then established residents should be able to enjoy the benefits of public water service, he said.

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