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Trustees approve $50K for village water system study

— “This brings us into the 21st century,” said Bob Lotkowictz, director of municipal operations. "We can [use this to] plan one, five, 10 years ahead for what we're going to do over that time frame to develop a plan for the system.”

The effectiveness of the village water system and fire flow also affects the village’s insurance, or ISO, rating by the property insurance industry, which directly affects property rates, said Village Attorney Michael J. Byrne. Skaneateles achieved a level 4 rating a few years ago, and village officials want to maintain and ultimately improve that rating, he said.

In recent years, the village has made numerous improvements to its water and fire system by constructing the new fire station, installing the ultraviolet water treatment system and implementing general infrastructure improvements. Hiring GHD to create the asset management plan will further improve the village’s ISO rating and therefore its property rates. “This will have a pretty significant impact,” Byrne said.

GHD will begin work the second week of August; the review will take several months to complete, Lotkowictz said.

The project, approved 4-0 by the board (Trustee Jim Lanning was absent) will cost $43,500 and will be paid out of the water department budget.

Also at the meeting, the board:

—Rescheduled its next meeting to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8.

—Awarded the asbestos abatement bid for the new village hall to Jupiter Environmental Services, of Rochester, for $39,982. The village’s estimate for the work was $40,000. There were 10 total bids.

—Scheduled a public hearing for Local Law No. 2, peddling and soliciting in the village, for 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23, at village hall. The text of the law will be available at village hall and on the village website.

—Appointed Ed Dienst as an advisor to the Village Municipal Board. Dienst, a retired Niagara Mohawk and National Grid executive, “comes very highly recommended from several sources,” Hubbard said. His appointment was made due to a current vacancy on the municipal board.

—Authorized publication of a bid notice for two boat motors for the Skaneateles Fire Department. Bids will be received until 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8.

—Appointed Cindy Jacobs a part-time community service officer. Jacobs, currently the part-time police department clerk, will do both jobs. As community service officer, Jacobs will assist village police with certain jobs, mainly vehicle ticketing.

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

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