Village board eager to move forward on sale of village hall

— —The board approved the request of the Community Youth in Action group (combined youth groups from Skaneateles village churches) to hold a 30 Hour Famine event in Thayer Park to raise funds for poverty relief agency World Vision. As part of the activities, the youths will create their own temporary shelters of cardboard and other materials as a way to experience poverty-stricken living conditions and to advocate for eliminating poverty to the Skaneateles community. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28.

—The board voted to accept five new members to the Skaneateles Fire Department: Allen Bailey, Ryan Forgham, Steve Rossi, Amanda Sams and Christian Sams. Also recently added to the SFD membership roster was Joe Pratt.

—The board discussed the possibility of issuing identification badges to village employees, specifically those who have occasion to enter residents’ homes as part of their jobs, such as water department employees. They also discussed, at the behest of Trustee Mark Angellilo, assisting the PARCS organization in remaking the Austin Park playground in May by having village DPW crews do landscape grading and possibly concrete pouring. Angellilo and DPW director Bob Lotkowicz planned to meet to discuss the possibility. All members of the village board voiced their support to help with the playground project in any way the village can.

—Lotkowicz also informed the board that the new ultraviolet treatment system at the village plant is only weeks away from completion. The work, which was mandated by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to treat unfiltered drinking water such as Skaneateles Lake, began last August and is required to be completed by the end of March.

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

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