Skaneateles The Village Board of Trustees had a short session for its last meeting of the year, with the only matter of new business being the need to apply to the state for new “pedestrian channelization devices” — or, in layman’s terms, crosswalk signs.
Village residents may have noticed that the yellow pedestrian crossing signs at the crosswalks on Route 20 — in front of the First Presbyterian Church, by the Clift Park Gazebo and in front of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church — have been down since Nov. 1. This is the usual time to remove the signs for the winter, but this year village officials also realized that the village’s five-year permit to place the signs expired on that day.
“This all got started because people were asking why the signs were down,” said Mayor Marty Hubbard. It turns out the state did not remind or inform the village of the expiration.
Village Attorney Michael Byrne has requested from the state a new five-year permit application for the village to fill out. The hope is to reinstall the crosswalk signs on April 1. The signs will then stay in place until Nov. 1, although the village trustees may seek to extend that date later into the year, Hubbard said.
Also at the meeting, the next step in the process of reopening The Krebs restaurant occurred with the receipt of the deed restrictions on the property, which Hubbard needs to sign and have filed with the county.
The declaration of covenant and restriction assures that the structures on either side of the Krebs restaurant will not be torn down by the new owner.
“This was really nothing more than a formality,” Hubbard said. “This is a restriction that has to be in place.”
Kris Russell is an Eagle Newspapers contributor. Jason Emerson contributed to this report.