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Town, SRCT meet on assets issue, no solution yet

— The Skaneateles Town Board sat in an attorney advice session for one hour last Thursday, Aug. 16, and at least some of that meeting was to discuss its ongoing disagreement with the Skaneateles Recreation Charitable Trust. That disagreement, which has come to a head in recent weeks over who owns what assets in the Skaneateles YMCA and if the assets should be paid for, is moving towards litigation if the two sides cannot reach agreement.

While town board members could not divulge what they discussed specifically in their attorney advice session, Town Attorney Patrick Sardino said he and Town Supervisor Terri Roney did meet with SRCT board members last week. “We are trying to explore other avenues,” Sardino said of ending the impasse.

Last week’s meeting was to be the final face-to-face discussion between the two sides before the town filed litigation papers to solve the issue in court, according to both parties. Sardino would not say if he had filed paperwork to take this to litigation.

The town board’s regular meeting last Thursday was relatively light, with the major issue being the announcement that the state Department of Transportation approved two more speed limit reductions in the town.

The DOT declared it would be “appropriate” to reduce the speed limit on Stump Road between Vinegar Hill Road and Route 321 from 55 to 40 miles-per-hour, and on Visions Drive between Jordan Road and County Line Road from 55 to 35 miles-per-hour.

Honeywell Scanning and Mobility, which has offices on Visions Drive, also requested “no parking” signs along the roadway, but the DOT said that is an issue for the town to decide. Sardino said that would need a local law to approve, and he would look into it.

“We’re batting 1,000 on speed limit reduction requests,” Roney said before announcing the DOT correspondence.

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