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Skaneateles boards in brief

Town opens committee appointments to community

The town of Skaneateles Conservation Committee has four vacancies to fill.

According to Supervisor Phil Tierney, members of the committee have four nominations for people to fill the seats.

"At the last meeting we decided to open it up," Councilor Nancy Murray said.

Following a brief discussion, the board decided to open up the appointments to all interested residents in the town.

"Even if we appoint the four people nominated, we would have a pool to pick from," Tierney said.

Those interested in the positions should submit their resumes to the town board by Monday April 20.

"Bill [Pavlus], we'll be notifying you all when we get our pool of candidates. This is simply an attempt to widen the pool," Tierney said. "We'll notify the Conservation Committee as to the progress with the candidates."

Negative rumors dispelled

While waiting to open two public hearings during the Skaneateles Town Board meeting on April 2, town Councilor Ellen Kulik talked about "negative rumors" she has heard from residents over the last few weeks.

A presentation on Feb. 19 by Dianna Amidon of Syracuse Haulers has prompted misinformation about the transfer station closing.

"That's not true," Kulik said. "We are not closing the transfer station."

The presentation was to outline options for garbage disposal throughout the town, not offer the suggestion that the transfer station on New Seneca Turnpike would close.

Along with Kulik, other members of the board had also heard the rumors.

"That's a pretty big rumor that I've heard," Councilor Jim Greenfield said.

Supervisor Phil Tierney said he was "accosted by two transfer station employees asking when their jobs were going to be terminated."

"They're terribly worried," said Bruce Famoly, water department foreman. "I think the citizens would not let that happen. From my understanding from talking to [the transfer station employees] it all stemmed from the presentation."

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