Suggestion on Fennell Street and a village-town merger

Letter to the editor

To the editor:

I have just finished reading Mr. Dolmatch’s column in last week’s Skaneateles Press. As I read through his article, I highlighted several comments that I wanted to address, however, after reading the last paragraph about his education and accomplishments, I began to feel that perhaps my certificate of graduation from Skaneateles High School would not match up; but I have tangled with Mr. Dolmatch several times before during my 10 years as town supervisor.

I would first like to suggest that the Skaneateles Press exercise their right of Freedom of Information and request how many taxpayer dollars have already been paid to construction firms, engineers, and lawyers to study how the location of the village-owned fire station, the former Skaneateles Short Line Railroad Roundhouse, could be converted into something useful. Did the town pay any of these charges and if so why?

It seems that a few years ago someone championed a study to envision how Fennell Street might be developed into businesses at the street level and residential on the second and third levels, and with on-street parking on both sides. What happened to that?

In 1990, as past president of Skaneateles Rotary, I chaired a committee to study the merits of suggesting to our town and village governments that they consider merging. A Saturday morning informational meeting was held at the Sherwood Inn with a substantial number of local residents attending. This was followed with an official presentation to the village board and the town board. I often wonder if they waited until they adjourned their meetings before depositing our report into their waste baskets.

Our state government advocates village-town mergers, however, they do very little to nothing to encourage and assist residents of a village that might merge. Any state aid that might have been going to the village government should be directed to the town government that has accepted the merger.

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