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Creamery, chamber get funding back

The Skaneateles Historical Society and Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce have something to smile about.

After the town board voted to not renew funding for both agencies during their budget process and public hearing in November, the board voted to reinstate the funding at their meeting Thursday evening.

"The reason this is before us tonight is because of a mistake by the town supervisor," Supervisor Phil Tierney said to the community.

The board had not notified the organizations of their decision prior to the budget's approval and only recently found out of the board's decision.

"Lack of notice denied the agencies to come before the board and testify," Tierney said.

The Skaneateles Symphony Guild was a third agency whose funding was slated for the chopping block. However, members of the guild had been made aware of the funding cuts and attended the public hearing on Nov. 6 to dispute the budget. The guild's funding was cut, and then partially restored by the board, Tierney said.

At the time of the board's meeting on Thursday, Tierney said the historical society, of which he is a member, and the chamber had presented their requests to the board to have their funds reinstated.

For 17 years the town and village have been monetarily supporting the Creamery, with the village paying the water and sewer bills while the town was managing the gas and electric payments. The town's cost is approximately $3,400.

"We have to have this funding to survive," said Karlene Miller, president of the historical society.

The organization has about 500 members and approximately 1,000 visitors a year. Miller said they also host several other organizations' events.

"Your support is so important to us. Supervisor Tierney, I appreciate your proposal to reinstate the funding," she said.

Bill Pavlus, former town supervisor and president of the Creamery, spoke during the meeting along with several other members of the historical association. Pavlus recounted some of his earliest memories of the Creamery, such as going with his father to deliver milk when he was a child and then the times he worked there.

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