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Village board busy with event requests

— At their Sept. 8 meeting, the Village Board of Trustees approved two requests to hold public events in Clift Park and tabled requests to serve alcohol on village property and to hold a public Halloween four-mile run.

During the meeting, Trustee John Cromp said — to some agreement from other board members — that the board has received so many new requests for public events recently that perhaps they should stop and consider how many is too many. “I think residents like to have some quiet weekends,” Cromp said.

During their first fall meeting — and absent member Marc Angelillo — the trustees first action was to unanimously approve the request of the Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce to hold its annual Fall Festival in Clift Park, on Oct. 1 and 2. Chamber Executive Director Sue Dove attended the meeting to answer questions about the event, as did Skaneateles YMCA Branch Executive Director Dorothea Hughes, who will be in charge of the scarecrow building tent this year.

Once the Fall Festival was approved, Dove broached the subject of serving alcohol during the chamber’s Oct. 6 Business After Hours event at The Creamery, sponsored by the Skaneateles Historical Society.

The board previously, at its Aug. 25 meeting, rejected a petition from the Skaneateles Historical Society to serve alcohol at the event. Trustee Marc Angelillo led the opposition, saying the village should not contribute to the “glorification” of alcohol consumption by allowing it on village property or by village groups.

Dove questioned the board’s decision, citing the inconsistently that the yearly Fire Department Field Days celebration at Austin Park — which is village property — serves alcohol.

Trustee Cromp said that after some consideration he had changed his mind about prohibiting alcohol at the event because it would be a “small and controlled” group and not something that would get out of control. Trustee Sue Jones said she agreed with Dove that the prohibition was inconsistent, but she also agreed with Angelillo that the village should not promote alcohol consumption.

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