Board hires new town constable

— The board voted unanimously to pass the local law and appoint Adessa to the position.

The board also unanimously agreed to amend the constable pay from $18 per hour to a pay range of $15 to $22 per hour in order to have a wider range of pay options for future full-time or part-time hires for the position.

Also at the meeting:

―The board approved the “official undertaking” for each recently elected and appointed town officials.

―Highway Superintendent Jim Card said the department is currently working to convert an old garbage truck into a snow plow.

―Parks Department supervisor Sue Murphy said she is currently reviewing the rules for the 2012 farmers’ market, and plans for the new Austin Park playground are “going great,” according to PARCS head Meg Keady.

―Town historian Beth Batlle said for 2012 she will be working to complete her War of 1812 project, which will place the names of Skaneateles War of 1812 veterans on the war memorial in Shotwell Park. She will also take down the current Civil War history display in the vault at the old First National Bank (now First National Gifts) and change it to a War of 1812 display.

―Codes Enforcement Officer Debbie Williams said building permits had decreased from the previous year, with 162 issued in 2011 compared to 177 issued in 2010. She also said the most recent Zoning Board meeting had no new business to discuss, which was probably the first time in 20 years that has happened.

―The board renewed the lease agreement with the Lacy Road marina to share the turnaround property there. This is the same agreement the board has had with the marina for the past 18 years.

―The board unanimously voted to contribute $648 for the year to allow the SPCA to investigate animal cruelty claims in the town. The SPCA’s budget was cut and would not be able to do such investigations without the town’s agreement to pay $.09 per resident.

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

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