Chamber pitches permanent Clift Park dock plan to village board

The permanent dock design concept plan was presented to the Skaneateles Village Board at its Nov. 29 meeting.

The permanent dock design concept plan was presented to the Skaneateles Village Board at its Nov. 29 meeting.

— The dock itself would be free-floating but anchored, about eight feet wide, 15 inches from the water, with its construction materials yet to be determined, according to concept plans.

“Right now we’re truly at the concept stage; nothing has been engineered,” Wiles said.

The chamber has been working with the Moffatt & Nichol engineering firm and McCord Snyder Landscape Architecture for the preliminary designs that were presented to the village board, according to concept plans.

The village trustees liked the idea of a new dock in general, but had concerns about the conceptual plans.

Trustees Jim Lanning and Marc Angelillo both stated they were uncomfortable over the western extension of the dock obstructing the view of the lake from Clift Park. Lanning asked if the extension could be shortened to minimize its impact, and Angelillo said he would not want the west wing to be permanent at all.

“As a user of the docks, my concern is that you’d be looking at a marina most of the summer,” Angelillo said.

Trustee Mary Sennett also had concerns with the westward dock extension and its effect on traffic flow of boats entering and exiting the dock. The new design would force boats to access the docks by motoring close to the public swimming area, whereas currently boats typically come in from the end of the pier.

At the end of the presentation, Wiles and Dive asked that the village board consider the request for a board resolution of official support for the project, which they said they do not need for a month or two – until they start talking with the other government agencies involved and seeking funding.

At the end of the board’s meeting, about 30 minutes later, Angelillo returned to the question of the new dock proposal, and said he did not understand why the chamber even asked the board’s support. “We don’t have jurisdiction over any of this,” he said.

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