Village, town coordinate on water system

— —Accepted a bid of $36,630.85 from Bass Pro Shops to purchase two new Mercury outboard motors for the Skaneateles Fire Department’s rescue boats.

—Approved an agreement with Syracuse Technologies to create an offsite data backup of village records for $75 per month. The move will not only backup records but eliminate paper through electronic data storage, said Trustee Mary Sennett.

—Authorized the publication of a bid notice for 30 new air cylinders and 50 new face pieces for air packs for the Skaneateles Fire department. Bids will be opened at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the village offices. The SFD currently has 32 air packs that are old and need to be replaced. “This is very necessary equipment and we have to support our volunteers,” said Mayor Marty Hubbard.

—Agreed to declare two village computers as surplus property and offer both as a donation to the Skaneateles Historical Society after the hard drives have been completely scrubbed of village information.

—Agreed to submit a statement to the New York State Thruway Authority opposing the proposed 45 percent toll increase for large (three-axle) trucks on the New York State Thruway due to the negative impact it will have on truck traffic in the village. The statement, drafted Aug. 9, explained that the affected commercial vehicles will seek to avoid the increased tolls by driving alternate roads, such as Route 20, which will increase big truck traffic through the village. This is a “quality of life issue for our residents and a safety concern for our lake,” the letter stated. Trustee Jim Lanning volunteered to submit the statement at the public hearing on the proposed toll increase, which will occur from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, 6301 State Route 298, in East Syracuse.

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

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