Village code enforcement officer resigns

— Skaneateles Village Code Enforcement Officer Eric Sell has resigned after less than six months on the job. The village board approved his resignation, which will take effect on April 1, at the Feb. 9 meeting.

“We certainly appreciate all Eric’s efforts to date,” said Mayor Marty Hubbard.

Sell, who also is chief of the Skaneateles Fire Department, said he had no comment at this time as to why he resigned.

Sell became CEO last October after the resignation of Elaine DuBois, who had held the position only seven weeks. DuBois had succeeded George Batlle, who retired as CEO in September after 27 years on the job.

Also at the meeting:

—Hubbard announced the board has received two letters of interest to fill the vacant seat on the village Zoning Board of Appeals. The vacancy was announced at the board’s Jan. 26 meeting upon the resignation of ZBA member Lee Buttolph. The trustees are still seeking candidates to fill the vacancy, and ask any interested persons to contact village officials at the village offices at 685-3007 or info@villageofskaneateles.com.

—It was announced that Skaneateles has been recognized as a Tree City USA Community for 2011, and the village board received a letter of congratulations from the state Department of Environmental Conservation for the recognition. Village Tree Advisory Board Chari Ann Neibert also emailed the board thanking members for their support and commended the tree committee for its time and effort, Hubbard said. To qualify for Tree City USA recognition, a community must have a viable tree management plan and program that meet certain Arbor Day Foundation standards.

—Village Director of Municipal Operations Bob Lotkowictz said an infrastructure study of the village’s electrical system and equipment was recently completed, and he is now ready to put together a village-wide capital improvement plan. The reason for the study was to assess the age and quality of all the electrical systems in the village to prepare for future issues and upgrades. Lotkowicz also reported that village DPW crews had recently installed new curbing and two catch basins at the Skaneateles Historical Society Creamery Museum on Hannum Street and fixed a water leak in front of Doug Fish Fry on Jordan Street.

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