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Property issues dominate town board meeting

— The board next held a public hearing concerning the petition by Don Spear to establish a drainage district in the Hidden Estates subdivision, which would allow the construction and maintenance of a water quality facility to serve the three-lot subdivision. There were no public comments.

The board declared the drainage district creation would have no negative environmental impact on the land, and unanimously agreed to establish the district.

The final two public hearings of the night concerned a previously-approved property conveyance to Grace Chapel from the town, specifically the release of a 30-foot drainage easement and a right of reversion. The reversion interest is under the condition that the conveyance is effective as long as the property is used for religious purposes and no other, and is used by Grace Chapel or its legal successor.

Both public hearings had no public comments, and both the release of easement and the right of reversion were approved unanimously by the board.

Also at the meeting, the board:

—Accepted the resignation of Planning Board member Jessica Millman. Town Supervisor Terri Roney said the board already has received a letter of interest to fill the vacancy.

—Announced that the NYS Department of Transportation agreed to a previous town board request to lower the speed limit from 55 to 45 miles-per-hour on a 1.2-mile stretch of New Seneca Turnpike. The new speed limit will extend from the end of the existing 35 MPH speed zone (.4 mile from the village line) to Fisher Road.

—Scheduled a public hearing for 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, to set a bid opening for a PRV (pressure reducing valve) vault for use as the town changes its water system to the village water tank. The change is intended to increase gravity pressure to the Mottville area, said Jim Card, head of the town water department.

—Agreed to send a letter of support to the Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees as it applies for a zero-energy use grant for the new village hall building.

—Approved the 2012 Standard Work Day Resolution, which states that all elected and appointed officials standard work day be eight hours.

—Scheduled a special operations meetings for 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, to pay bills. The meeting is necessary because the board only meets once during the month of August.

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

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