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Skaneateles: Board split in stop sign vote

At Monday night's Skaneateles Village Board meeting, attorney Michael Byrne said he couldn't remember the last time the board had a tie vote.

But that's just what happened Oct. 26 following a public hearing on Local Law No. 2 of 2009 regarding the addition of two three-way stops on Fennell Street -- one at Fennell and Kelley streets and another at Fennell and West Austin streets. Along with the stop signs the village would also add crosswalks for pedestrian traffic.

Without Trustee Tim Lynn at the meeting to break the tie, the board opted to place the resolution on the agenda for its Nov. 9 meeting and revisit it to make a decision with a full board. If the item had not been placed on next month's agenda, it would have become a moot point and no longer an issue before the board.

At the opening of the hearing, Mayor Bob Green said he did not this there was enough traffic, vehicle or pedestrian, to warrant two three-way stops. However, as an avid walker, Trustee Kathryn Carlson said she's seen heavy traffic along the Fennell Street business corridor and has had trouble crossing the street.

Some residents agreed with Carlson, particularly about crossing at Fennell and Kelley streets where Creekside Books and Coffee drums up quite a bit of traffic -- pedestrian and otherwise.

"The one at Kelley and Fennell does sound logical," Jorge Batlle said. "I don't think the one at West Austin is logical."

Resident Joe Loperfido, a Skaneateles firefighter, said there are times when it is difficult to cross the street to go to the SAVES building, but traffic clears quickly and he only needs to wait a minute or two before being able to cross. The trick is to be patient.

"I'm against the Austin Street sign, but not Kelley Street," Loperfido said.

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