Skaneateles to be ‘sister city’ with African village

— —Lotkowictz said the Prentiss Drive pedestrian path is “done for the season” and urged board members to take a walk on it. He said he had not received any feedback, positive or negative, from Prentiss Drive subdivision neighbors about the path’s renovation, which all the trustees agreed meant that people are probably satisfied with the work.

Lotkowictz also gave the board a report on his presentation to the Town Planning Board concerning his letter of concern about water use issues and the proposed Victory Sports Medicine sports campus. “It really was uneventful,” Lotkowictz said, adding that he just read his letter out loud and the board agreed to consider his concerns. He told the trustees that he would continue to attend the planning board meetings on the VSM project.

—Hubbard announced that the pre-bid conference for the new village hall renovation work was held last week at the Fennell Street building and “went very well” and was well attended. Village DPW crews had cleared out all the debris and old wires and other extraneous materials from the old fire station so contractors could get a better idea of the space and the work that was required. Bids for the renovation work will open this month.

—The village board unanimously voted to hire Apple Roofing Corp., of Syracuse, to repair the main roof of the village wastewater treatment plant at a cost of $22,293. Of the four estimates obtained for the work, Apple’s was the lowest price. The money has been budgeted in the village budget, Hubbard said.

—The village board voted to reinstate longevity payments for non-union, full-time village employees. They payments, which affect three department heads, will replace the yearly bonuses given from 2004 to 2010, which are now defunct. Prior to 2004 department heads received automatic longevity payments, which all union employees of the village also receive per their labor contracts. The payments, which are based on years of service, are made to recognize the department heads’ commitment to the village of Skaneateles.

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

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