Village postpones stop sign vote to Nov. 23

The Skaneateles Village Board did not vote Nov. 9 on Local Law No. 3 (formerly No. 2) of 2009 to establish two three-way stop signs on Fennell Street. Trustees Tim Lynn and Marc Angelillo were absent.

During the board's Oct. 26 meeting, the trustees were split on their decision to adopt the law, which had been amended so the law would only be for a three-way stop at Kelley and Fennell streets. Originally, the law was in consideration of making three-way stops at Kelley and Fennell streets and West Austin and Fennell streets.

According to Village Attorney Michael Byrne, Lynn was in favor of waiting until the board's Nov. 23 meeting.

Mayor Bob Green said he would like to again postpone the vote until the next meeting due to being short two board members.

Dickens growing with 'world's smallest parade'

The Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce is busily preparing for this year's winter festivities -- the annual Dickens Christmas.

Dickens will officially begin on Black Friday, Nov. 27 and Locals Night is planned for Dec. 4.

According to Green, the village Department of Public Works will put out additional trashcans to help keep waste off the sidewalks and out of the streets.

While most of Dickens will remain the same as in the past, this year there is one new addition. According to Chamber Executive Director Sue Dove, a small parade is being planned to kick off the event.

"Our thought was after last year's big parade, we'd go with the world's smallest parade," Dove said.

The "big parade" Dove refers to is the truck convoy that rolled through Skaneateles on the opening day of Dickens Christmas last year in protest to the state Department of Transportation's draft truck traffic regulations, which are now in public comment period. The comment period is slated to end Nov. 30.

The world's smallest parade, as the Chamber is billing this year's event, will begin at the old firehouse on Fennell Street and the route will follow Fennell to Jordan Street to West Genesee Street, making its final stop at the Sherwood Inn.

Police Chief Lloyd Perkins said the plan is to keep traffic moving while the parade is happening.

Seats open for spring election

The village will have two trustee seats open in the spring elections. In 2009, Green, Lynn and Angelillo were reelected to another term. Trustees Sue Jones and Kathryn Carlson's terms will be up in 2010.

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