Board passes resolution 4-1 regarding transfer of center

The Skaneateles Community Center was a hot topic Thursday even, Oct. 1, during the Skaneateles Town Board's regular meeting.

"We've been talking about this for a while," Councilwoman Ellen Kulik said prior to making a motion to transfer the community center from the Skaneateles Recreational Charitable Trust to Parks and Recreation Council of Skaneateles.

The resolution to transfer the community center follows two public information sessions put on by the town and village and a handful of years of extending the agreement between SRCT and the village on a monthly basis.

As part of the resolution, Kulik made the motion for the town to cease operation of the community center as of July 1, 2010. In preparation for the transfer, a transition committed would be established by March 31 to work out the technical details of the transfer.

Kulik said a small committee is preferable.

"It's cooperative for us to give it to them," she said.

Before the resolution could be put to a vote, Supervisor Phil Tierney questioned where the benefit to the town would be in making the transfer.

"My concern is there has already been a process set up for transfer of ownership," Tierney said.

He added that the 1999 agreement made provisions for the village to take ownership. The board's inability to gain a second on the motion to extend the agreement automatically gives the village ownership of the community center, Tierney argued.

"It's not a magic button you push, Phil, you know that," Kulik said.

The village has on several occasions said the municipality does not want ownership of the community center and during the public information sessions, the community spoke out against such ownership from either municipality and many were in favor of a non-profit organization, such as PARCS, taking ownership.

According to Tierney, the resolution presented at the meeting does nothing but "muddy the waters" and give the perception to town recreation employees that once the transfer is complete they will be out of work.

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