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Village board appoints new trustee

Newly-elected Skaneateles Mayor Marty Hubbard recommended appointments to several village committees during the village board's reorganizational meeting April 4.

Hubbard, who left his trustee position after being elected mayor March 15, announced the appointment of John Cromp to fill his vacancy. Cromp's trustee term concludes March 21, 2012. Hubbard welcomed Cromb and newly elected trustee Mary Sennett to the board.

The board approved Hubbard's recommendations and agreed to re-appoint Walter Blackler and Alan Dolmatch to the board. Their terms will end in 2014.

Megan Keady was appointed to serve on the planning board until 2016. Lawrence Pardee was re-appointed to fulfill another five-year term on the zoning board of appeals.

The board approved to move village board meetings to 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. The change goes into effect April 28. The Skaneateles Town Board meets at 7 p.m. on those same Thursdays.

The board also presented its tentative budget for 2011-12. The $2.7 million plans cuts spending by 11.7 percent and requires no tax rate increase. The proposed budget closes a $345,000 funding gap.

The village board took at a number of cost-saving measures to close the budget gap without raising taxes. One was to not replace Police Officer Eric Sharpsteen, who left the Skaneateles Police Department March 8, which saved the village approximately $30,000.

The budget will be available to residents online at villageofskaneateles.com or at the village offices, 46 E. Genesee St.

The board held a public hearing for the budget at 7 p.m. Monday April 11 in village hall and is expected to vote on the budget at 7 p.m. Monday April 25.

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