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Town meeting notes from Dec. 2

A public hearing was set for Jan. 20, 2011 at 7:15 p.m. to discuss a local law amending the town code relating to existing non- conforming lots.

Town Board voted unanimously to pass the fire contract with the village of Skaneateles.

Public Hearing was set for Jan. 20, 2011 to discuss dissolving Hidden Estates drainage district #3, a development of Don Spear's of Emerald Estate Properties. Spear wants the district dissolved and the money held in escrow returned to him.

The Methodist Church asked to negotiate a rental price for 2011 summer antique show fundraiser at the Austin Park Pavilion.

Methodist Churches rental history:

2007- $1,050

2008- $1,050

2009- $1,200

2010- $1,300

The usual rate is $1,900. The board was happy to reduce the rate because there were maintenance issues, but now those repairs have been made. It was reported that the $1,900 is a necessary fee, based on the town employee salaries paid to operate the facility during a rental period and other expenses. The board thought to raise the rental to $1,600 as a form of compromise, but also to track expenses accurately during the next show to present figures to the Methodist Church for 2012.

Veterans of the Iraq, Afghanistan and Persian Gulf Wars to be recognized

Town historian Beth Batlle, who is also a Vietnam veteran, approached the board requesting the formation of a committee to establish a temporary plaque to recognize veterans of the Iraq, Afghanistan and Persian Gulf Wars.

"People have been calling to find out when we are going to put a plaque up," Batlle said, "A temporary plaque was put up during World War II."

The idea is to add names of town residents, who have been honorably discharged. Batlle already has 20 names without trying to contact veterans. The plaque would be displayed publicly but only in Shotwell Park during Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Batlle already had a couple people interested in serving on the committee including town justice Charlie Major and Kurt Riley.

"I think it is needed, and it is time," Batlle said, and the board agreed, and asked for her to bring names back to board as other members are added.

Editor's note: More follow up from the town meeting in next week's Press.

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