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Town board to consider revision of town sign ordinance

Also keeps open water district extension hearing, makes new town appointments

— The Skaneateles Town Board has agreed to establish a committee whose task will be to review and update the town’s current sign ordinance to make it less cumbersome and more up-to-date.

The action, taken by the board at its March 15 meeting, was the result of concern over aspects of the ‘business sign’ section of the ordinance that some residents have recently complained were unclear and in some cases prohibitive.

“It is a very detailed and cumbersome ordinance, and we need to make it clearer and fair for businesses,” said Town Supervisor Terri Roney.

The town councilors all agreed with the establishment of the committee.

Roney said Town Code Enforcement Officer Debbie Williams will be a member of the new committee, and members of the Town Planning Board and Town Zoning Board will be consulted about their interest to participate as well.

The current general sign regulations for the town — which run about 12 pages — are found in Chapter 123, Article 2, of the Town Code. They were adopted in 1991.

During the continuation of the public hearing concerning a request to extend the consolidated water district to service a new Victory Sports Medicine facility on East Genesee Street, the board voted to extend the public hearing yet again because they are still concerned over possible adverse effects the extension could have on water district No. 2 service.

Victory Sports Medicine, owned by Dr. Marc Pietropaoli, purchased approximately 99 acres of land two miles east of where the medical facility is currently located at 791 W. Genesee St., with the intent to construct a larger facility to meet the growing needs of his business. The project must receive town approval to extend a water district to reach the building proposed for the new location.

No one addressed the board during the public hearing (extended form the original March 1 public hearing). Roney said she had discussed the water district extension — and concerns about adverse effects to current water district residents — with the town engineers and they both recommended water line testing during high-use times.

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