Town board passes local law on property maintenance, schedules public hearings

— After a brief discussion, the board agreed to amend the proposed law to include wording concerning all types of swimming pools to be “properly maintained.”

The law, approved with that one emendation, will now be filed with the secretary of state and will take effect in about 10 days, said Town Supervisor Terri Roney.

In a similar but separate matter, the town board also approved a resolution to allow Town Code Enforcement Officer Debbie Williams to send notices of required action to owners of two unsafe buildings within the town, one on Stump Road and one on Heifer Road. The board agreed with Williams’ assessment that both buildings are unsafe and should be demolished.

The resolution approved notification to the owners and the scheduling of public hearings for each property, one for 7:05 p.m. and one for 7:10 p.m. Thursday, July 19.

Under the current town code, the owners will have 30 days from receipt of notice to act on the town’s request. If not action is taken, the town has the authority to do the demolition work itself.

The town has not torn down any unsafe properties since 2006, according to Williams.

Also at the meeting:

—Roney stated that recent negotiations with the Skaneateles Recreation Charitable Trust concerning the old Skaneateles Community Center have amounted to an agreement for the SRCT to pay the town $50,000 in three monthly installments for the purchase of town assets they have been using with the rink since 2010, and $18,500 in monthly installments to the town for the purchase of an Olympia ice resurfacer and its associated equipment. The board also agreed to seek a state court or state attorney general opinion on the status of $78,000 in town reserve funds. The funds originated and were paid out of the W.G. Allyn Trust for the benefit of the community for ice rink capital expenditures. Because of trust restrictions and issues of municipal law, the town board agreed to ask for a “higher authority’s opinion” to asses the situation, verify that the money can be returned to the Trust and the manner in which it should be done.

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