Residents turn out for information on local clean-up

Members of the Skaneateles community had a chance to speak their minds Wednesday May 13 during the first hamlet meeting since 2005.

The informal setting was held at American Legion Post 317 in Skaneateles Falls where residents were joined by local officials as well as representatives from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Department of Health and the district's own Assemblyman Will Barclay.

Supervisor Phil Tierney told a small but eager group that he was anxious to hear their feedback on town issues.

"I'd like to acknowledge Bill Pavlus, my predecessor, who started some of these hamlet meetings," Tierney said.

However, Pavlus would not take credit for the initial meetings when he was supervisor because it was an idea brought to him from residents at the time.

Tierney said that whoever came up with the idea, "it was a good one."

With four items on the agenda for feedback purposes, the community was asked how they felt about assessments and taxes.

"Everybody's happy with the taxes," Tierney said when no one spoke, and he received a group-wide "no" as a response.

According to Tierney, the town has hired a new assessor, Ron Miller, whereas the assessor was previously an elected position. Some residents may have met with Miller, and, depending on the situation, have had a good or bad experience, Tierney said.

"I met with Mr. Miller and he was very congenial," said Deborah Durr of Mottville. "I give a plus to Mr. Miller and the rest of the tax department."

In respect to performance of government services at the town, state and federal level, residents again got quiet and the board moved on to discussion about the closing of the Honeywell facility on Visions Drive, just up the street from where the meeting took place.

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