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New village laws approved, appointments made

Jorge Batlle, right, accepts the gift of a Francis McCormick framed photo from Village Mayor Marty Hubbard, left, at the Sept. 22 village board meeting. The photo, as well as a $450 contribution to SAVES in Batlle's name, was given in recognition of Batlle's long career in public service to the village.

Jorge Batlle, right, accepts the gift of a Francis McCormick framed photo from Village Mayor Marty Hubbard, left, at the Sept. 22 village board meeting. The photo, as well as a $450 contribution to SAVES in Batlle's name, was given in recognition of Batlle's long career in public service to the village. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— New stop signs

A public hearing also was held on Local Law No. 2 of 2011, to approve new stop signs within the Parkside subdivision and at the intersection of Leitch Avenue and Academy Street.

Academy Street resident Alan Dolmach presented a petition sign by 43 neighbors — Dolmach said it represented 87 percent of all the people he and his wife could contact in the neighborhood — in favor of putting a three-way stop at the intersection.

“Primarily this is an issue of safety for lots of kids that live in the neighborhood,” Dolmach said, adding that at least 37 children live in the area. “Hopefully a little more sense will be conveyed to drivers there [with new signs].”

Leitch Avenue resident Theresa McSwain, who has four children under age 9, also voiced concern that stops signs needed to be placed in her neighborhood. “This will really help heighten the awareness,” she said.

The board voted unanimously to approve the law.

Village Attorney Michael J. Byrne said it would be probably about 10 days before the signs can be erected, since the paperwork must be filed and approved in Albany.

Halloween run approved

The trustees also agreed at their meeting to allow retail sports store Endurance Monster to hold its first annual Halloween run on Oct. 29, but only after the business agreed to move its Fennell Street staging/start area from the old firehouse parking lot nearly a mile down to the old municipal garage lot between Town Square and SAVES.

The trustees and Police Chief Lloyd Perkins all felt the traffic and parking issues that would be created by about 200 runners starting a race at 11 a.m. on a Saturday next to the post office would not be practical.

By agreeing to move the staging/start location, Endurance Monster changed its race from four miles to 3.2 miles.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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