Town board to consider revision of town sign ordinance

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

— Roney said old water district No. 2 has a history of low-pressure issues and “we don’t want to exacerbate” the issue by adding more usage to the line.

VSM Enterprises Chief Operating Officer Lance Wardell voiced concern over the added testing, which by regulations will be at VSM expense, saying VSM had already spent $12,000 over eight months on this project.

“Why was this issue not raised sooner?” Wardell asked.

Roney said she did not know, but “rather than push it through and pass it and find out after the fact that there's pressure issues, we'd like to do further testing," she said.

Also at the meeting:

¬—The board unanimously voted to appoint Karen Barkdull as full-time clerk to the town zoning and planning boards, and clerk to the town zoning officer. Barkdull, who has been the clerk of the town zoning appeals board since August 2007, will receive a salary of $30,500 per year. She succeeds clerk Suzanne Repulski, who retired March 13.

—The board unanimously approved the creation of a part–time town constable position with an hourly pay range of $15 to $22 per hour; and then unanimously approved the appointment of Alan Parsons to the position.

The town board previously passed Local Law 1 of 2012 in January, which authorized the appointment of a town constable to enforce town laws, particularly at the transfer station and as a town court officer. Thomas Adessa was hired to fill the new position and currently is town constable.

Roney said the creation of the new part-time constable position was because Adessa “can’t always be available,” and this will help the town maintain constable coverage.

Roney and Town Councilor Nancy Murray interviewed Parsons for the job and both recommended the board hire him. Parsons is currently town constable in Sennett and Fleming – although his hours on those jobs will not conflict with his hours in Skaneateles – and he is a Cayuga County 911 dispatcher.

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