At last week’s village board meeting, Trustee John Cromp made an excellent observation and asked an poignant question that we think deserves acknowledgment and consideration.
During discussion on the request of the retail sports store Endurance Monster to host its “first annual” four-mile Halloween race, most of it to be run inside the village limits, Cromp said that while he had nothing against this particular request, 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. His comments made the other trustees take notice, and they all agreed to hold off on a vote until their next meeting and after further consideration.
We do have impressive weekend events in the village, many with regional attention, like the antique boat show and the upcoming state wine festival, and some, like the Skaneateles Festival and the just-completed SkanRaces, are nationally recognized. But of course these events create their own issues regarding traffic, parking and public safety. As Police Chief Lloyd Perkins told the board last week, he does not have the departmental budget to have extra officers working every weekend to patrol/regulate these special events.
The village trustees vote on issues based on their belief in what the residents do or do not want; the best way for the board to know what residents support is for the residents to tell them.
So we encourage our readers to consider Trustee Cromp’s question: How many weekend events are too many in the village of Skaneateles? Send your thoughts to the trustees via land mail, email or telephone call. Or better yet, attend the Sept. 22 village board meeting, during which this issue will be discussed again, and let them know how you feel.