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New village hall two steps closer to done

— The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees continues to move forward with approving plans and work to renovate the old Fennell Street fire station and create the new village hall.

At its June 14 meeting, the board approved two new actions for the village hall project. The trustees authorized the advertisement of bids for asbestos abatement work in the building, saying all the specs have been prepared and the information packets for prospective bidders are ready and can be picked up at the village offices.

The board agreed to hold a pre-bid walk-through of the old fire station at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, with the bid opening scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, July 12.

The board also agreed to spend $2,800 to have TCT Tower Services remove the existing antenna from the old fire station. The antenna has been on the building since about 1963, is rusty and disintegrating, and its removal will be “very dangerous work,” said Trustee Jim Lanning, who solicited bids from contractors for the work.

DPW schedules summer village work projects

Bob Lotkowictz, director of village municipal operations, gave the village board a list of summer projects the DPW will be working on in the village:

—Before the end of June, DPW crews will begin work on restoring the pedestrian path that runs from Prentiss Drive to West Lake Street.

—Paving West Elizabeth Street from Fennell Street to the village line.

—Continue work on West Lake Street, including installing a water line from West Lake Street to Talcott Lane, purchasing the storm water system materials for West Lake Street and final paving of the street from West Genesee Street to the end of the curbing (about 2,500 feet). DPW crews recently finished “dressing up” the shoulders on West Lake Street and hydroseeding grass.

—Pavement maintenance on Goodspeed Place.

DPW Director Bob Lotkowictz said the work is too dangerous to have DPW crews attempt it, and agreed the work should be contracted out by professionals. The board unanimously agreed to authorize the work, contingent upon Village Attorney Michael J. Byrne’s approval of the TCT Tower Services liability insurance.

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