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Mining not given go-ahead yet

At the end of a second meeting about a major project special permit for Cemento, still no decision was made.

The Skaneateles Town Board scheduled the special meeting on Thursday April 23 after board members disputed April 16 they hadn't had time to read through a draft resolution that had been drawn up to begin discussions about granting a permit to Cemento for mining in Sheppard Settlement. A second special meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 30.

The board deliberated for about an hour regarding a second draft resolution that had been drawn up.

"I looked over the 12 conditions and have taken it into consideration. We feel that we have come to a conclusion," Councilman Dave Laxton said.

Before any other discussion took place, Councilman Jim Greenfield made a motion to approve the resolution in support of the permit. Laxton seconded the motion.

"I think any final action should not be taken until all parties have had a chance to go through it," Supervisor Phil Tierney said about the resolution.

Conversation between board members resulted in the decision to go through each of the 12 points individually after town attorney Patrick Sardino read the resolution.

Beginning with the first point, Tierney said the proposed use of the land is not compatible with its surroundings, which are mainly residential. Also, special permit uses are site specific and determined based on the compatibility of the proposed use.

According to Tierney, the record points to elements of incompatibility and that Cemento's argument as to why the company should be permitted to open mining operations was based on the Open Pit Mining Overlay District.

"I think we have a real problem with procedure with item number one," Tierney said.

Laxton disagreed and said he wanted to take a poll of the board to see who was in agreement with the first item. A poll, though, would be a vote on the findings of fact, according to Sardino.

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