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Reduced speed requested in Skaneateles

The Skaneateles Town Board has received a request from residents to have the speed limit reduced on Mottville Road and along a portion of Route 321.

During the town's meeting on Thursday, Sept. 4, Supervisor Phil Tierney said the request would need to be made to both the state and Onondaga County Department of Transportation.

"We have a form we send to the DOT," Tierney said. "They have to know the intersections between the points the town board wants the speed reduced."

David Graham, speaking on behalf of Welch Allyn, said the company has had meeting with DOT officials and completed traffic studies.

"We would be very happy to provide additional documentation," Graham said.

The portion of 321 that passes Welch Allyn is currently a 55 mph speed zone. The request received by the board is to reduce the speed to 45. The request for Mottville Road is to decrease the speed limit to 35 mph.

Tierney suggested waiting to make a request to the DOT until after receiving information from Graham.

The board also held two separate public hearings, one in regard to the Limeledge Water District and the other to receive public input on a transfer of property.

Limeledge Water District

An amendment to the Limeledge Water District was approved by the board following a brief public hearing. According to Tierney, the amendment is a modification by the engineering firm Barton and Loguidice.

Senior Managing Engineer Jeffrey Rowe said the amendment "involves an alternate pumping scenario" and that the resident currently being served by the water district will continue to receive service.

"(It is) a redevelopment of the pumping scenario to get the water to the district," Rowe said.

The resolution calling for a public hearing states that the "probable construction cost determined the alternate pumping scenario/plan would reduce the overall project cost by and estimated $129,000." The alternate plan will also have an effect on the unit charge for those in the water district, bringing the cost per unit to an estimated $523, down from $558.

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