Skaneateles town talks drainage

On Thursday Nov. 20 the Skaneateles Town Board will continue discussions about drainage on Franklin Street that began during a special meeting of the board on Friday morning.

There are some properties along Franklin Street that do not drain water runoff well. To alleviate the problem, the town is proposing creating a new drainage area.

One method of relief was to put in a shallow swail, which amounts to a drainage ditch for water to flow through.

"It has to be done right the first time," said councilman Jim Greenfield. "It's a costly expense if the town has to go in and change piping and drainage after it's done."

The system that is in the works will be designed for "a hundred year storm," said project engineer Paul Legnetto with Barton and Loguidice.

"I can design whatever you want me to design," he said.

While drawings of what area the system would include show one outlet, highway superintendent Jim Card said he does not like having the storm water drain to a single area.

"To me, you're taking on a huge liability," he said, adding that if something happens to the outlet, houses along Elizabeth Street could be affected.

"Right now I'm providing the solution I feel is best," Legnetto said.

Though cost to have the system redone has not come into play as yet, it is estimated that the bill could be in the $300,000 range.

However, there are funds that can be procured from the Swail Conservation Service, and since the system would also benefit the village the way it is currently proposed, the village of Skaneateles would also help pay a portion of the cost.

The town will be discussing the drainage system in more detail during their regular meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the town hall on Jordan Street.

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