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Village board eager to move forward on sale of village hall

— The Skaneateles Village Board had a relatively light meeting on March 8, approving one charity event, accepting five new members to the Skaneateles Fire Department and scheduling a public hearing concerning a local business. The board also heard updates on some ongoing village business.

Arguably one of the most important updates discussed at the meeting concerned the sale of the current village hall building a 46 E. Genesee St., which has been open for viewing and purchase bidding since Feb. 13.

Dozens of interested people have toured the building during the past three weeks, and the board is hopeful that sufficient bids will be offered that a sale can move forward, Mayor Marty Hubbard said.

Bids on the building are due by 2 p.m. Monday, March 19, at village hall, at which time all bids will be publicly opened. “Bids must be here on time,” Hubbard said.

Anyone interested in hearing the bids and watching the bid opening process is invited to attend. The winning bid, if there is one, will be announced and accepted at the Thursday, March 22, regular board meeting.

The building will be sold to the highest bidder as long as the minimum reserve price, previously set by the village board but not made public, is met.

Also at the meeting:

—The board scheduled a public hearing for a critical impact permit request from Sonbyrne, Inc., concerning its building at 38 Jordan St., the back part of which houses Byrne Diary and the front of which is currently vacant. Sonbyrne, represented at the meeting by architect Robert Eggleston, is requesting that the board approve a “blanket” critical impact permit for a term of five years to allow the company to rent the vacant space to any of five types of use: professional office, office, peronsal service, medical office or retail. The public hearing was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12.

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