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Town of Skaneateles introduces two laws

The Skaneateles Town Board introduced two local laws during its regular meeting on Thursday, Aug. 21.

Introductory Local Law 2008-K will allow the town to amend the code with respect to the weight limit of five ton on Franklin Street. The law states that the amendment would be made with respect to the weight of trucks, tractors and tractor trailer combinations.

According to the law, under Section 3, the board "finds that it would be beneficial for the health and safety of town residents to establish a maximum weight limit of five tons for all trucks, tractors and tractor trailer combinations on the entire length of Franklin Street."

Councilman Dave Laxton said that while he doesn't mind having the restrictions, he is concerned about enforcement of the law.

"A law without the means of enforcing it is just a piece of paper," Laxton said.

According to Supervisor Phil Tierney, the board "will be able to entertain amendments at the public hearing," which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the town hall, 24 Jordan St.

A second introductory law that the board introduced was Introductory Local Law 2008 J, the establishment of a mining floating zone in and for the town. The law was introduced by a vote of 3-2. Councilmen Laxton and Jim Greenfield opposed the law.

"After considering the advantages, disadvantages and possible consequences of this legislation, it is, in my mind, not in the best interest of the majority of the residents in Skaneateles to introduce this option," Laxton said.

Reading from a prepared statement, Laxton stated that the floating zone proposal goes against the decisions of previous boards and community expectations.

The new law would repeal Local Law 2001-12 in its entirety in regard to the Open Pit Mining District.

According to Laxton, the new legislation would also go against the town's Joint Comprehensive Plan of 2005, which resulted in a zoning ordinance that determined that the mining area should be in the town north of Route 20.

"We are elected to make decisions in the best interest of our residents," Laxton said.

The town will hold a public hearing in regard to Local Law 2008 J at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the town hall.

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