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Village board gives $10K to Austin Park playground project

Proposed plans for the Austin Park playground improvement

Proposed plans for the Austin Park playground improvement

— To date, about 90 percent of all the funds PARCS has raised for the playground project has been given in memory of Cameron Kenan, Keady said.

Angelillo said he would like to “formally dedicate” the new playground to Cameron Kenan when it is ready.

Also at the meeting:

—Todd Marshall, of the Skaneateles Polar Bear Club, asked the trustees for approval to use the waterfront and lake access areas for the third annual polar bear plunge on Jan. 28. Marshall said participation has increased every year, and the group is expecting this year even more than the 55 people that came last year to jump in the icy lake waters. The plunge last year raised $5,500, which was split equally between SAVES, the Skaneateles Fire Department and the Skaneateles Education Foundation. “Ice is not a pre-requisite of this happening,” Marshall said, referring to the paucity of freezing temperatures so far this winter.

—The village does not need to apply for a separate renewal status in order to erect new “pedestrian channelization devices,” or crosswalk signs, at the three crosswalks on Route 20 that have been down since Nov. 1, Village Attorney Michael J. Byrne told the board. The crosswalk signs are considered part of the blanket annual maintenance permit the village files with the DOT every year, the DOT recently verified. As long as that permit is kept current, the crosswalks will be back in place in April. The village board previously thought it had to renew the five-year permit application after learning it expired this past December, and so inquired with the DOT.

—The village board renewed agreements with Mid-Lakes Navigation and the Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce Foundation for dock rights on the lake.

—The village board approved the request of the Skaneateles Library to hold its annual book sale from Thursday, July 12, to Sunday, July 15, this year. The approved dates mark a departure from the usual book sale schedule, which typically runs from Thursday to Saturday. The Sunday hours will be from noon to 2 p.m. While the request was approved by the board, Trustee Sue Jones voted no out of the concern that allowing the sale to extend to Sunday hours might set an unwanted precedent for other village events that currently do not run through Sundays.

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

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