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Development in midst of waiting game

Water and sewer are on hold for the Old Seneca Heights development following back-to-back public hearings during Thursday's Skaneateles Town Board meeting.

According to James Messenger Jr., attorney for the developers, the hearing regarding a water district for the Old Seneca Heights project was a reopening of a prior hearing. His understanding was that a letter had been sent to the town regarding a misidentified reservoir, which would be the development's water source.

Supervisor Phil Tierney said the misidentification was a mistake made by the village's engineer, not the town's engineer.

Messenger said along with having the hearing open prior to Thursday's meeting, SEQR approval has also been determined.

Skaneateles resident Joe Southern said he encourages the board to approve the project.

"It's something the community needs," Southern said.

The board voted to keep the public hearing and the record open for the time being and moved on to the second hearing regarding the Old Seneca Heights sewer district.

"This application was filed about a year ago," Messenger said. "As I understood it, there are no open issues.

He asked that the public hearing be closed in order for the developer to move on to the county level, where the sewer district also needs to be approved.

Seeing no further issues, Tierney requested a motion to close the hearing. However, town attorney Patrick Sardino recommended the board not act on the sewer district until there is notification regarding the water district.

According to Sardino, the village has to agree to the extension of the water district and then the town can approve both water and sewer at the same time.

The property slated for development is currently two farms. Messenger said they are just waiting for approval at this point.

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