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Cemento permit discussion rescheduled

Deliberations regarding Cemento's major project special permit were put on hold Thursday evening.

On the agenda for April 16, the Skaneateles Town Board was set to discuss the four nights of public hearings, transcript from the hearings and evidence submitted to the board regarding Cemento's request to mine in Sheppard Settlement. However, a majority of the board had not had an opportunity to read through a 17-page memo to them from Supervisor Phil Tierney or the draft resolution given to them by town attorney Patrick Sardino.

Councilwoman Ellen Kulik said, having just received her copy of the resolution a couple hours prior to the meeting, she wanted to have a chance to read through it before discussing it as a board.

"We need to have time to review this," she said.

Though the first four to five pages do not perceive any dispute between the two parties the permit would effect, other councilors had the same feelings on the matter regarding rescheduling of discussions.

"I haven't been able to look at it," said Councilman Dave Laxton. "I just picked it up late this [Thursday] afternoon."

Tierney stated at the beginning of the discussion that the consideration and discussion was limited to the board as the record had been closed and warned several community members who had gathered at Town Hall that the deliberation may not finish that evening.

He also said later during the discussion, while holding up a large bound volume of papers that there were almost 500 pages of transcript from the hearings and 100 or so exhibits.

"If board members have not have time to review the record thoroughly, maybe we should schedule this for another time," Tierney said.

The draft resolution is also only in draft form "and filled with errors," such as typos and misspellings, he said.

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