Town board sets tennis court policy

Private lesson instructors to provide insurance certificate, fee

— A request to rent one of the town-owned tennis courts for private lessons has prompted the Skaneateles Town Board to set a written policy pertaining to court use.

During the brief discussion regarding court use between the board and Sue Murphy, of the town Parks Department, it was said there have been others who use the courts for paid lessons, though the town had not been approached or provided insurance certificates by those providing instruction.

Murphy said she would provide the board with names of those performing business.

“If people want to use it for profit, they have to pay for it,” said town Attorney Patrick Sardino.

Councilor Rick Keyes said a policy should be set, along with a schedule of who is using the court, much like with the ice rink.

“[The town] should have a policy. Everybody has to be insured,” Keyes said. “More of a blanket [policy] than individual.”

The only concern is if the town courts start being overused for private lessons when they are intended for the community, said Councilor Nancy Murray.

The board approved the request to rent a court and also set the policy — if performing business on town property, those doing business are obligated under contract to provide a certificate of insurance. Those giving instruction are also subject to a $5 per hour fee to reserve one court.

Also at the meeting:

—The board approved a request from Lisa Hoover to waive the pavilion fee for an upcoming event for Eva Donahue, both non-residents. Originally, a run was going to take place as part of a cancer benefit for Donahue. According Murphy, the request for use of the pavilion is due to Donahue’s condition worsening. Instead of a run, the group will have a birthday party at the pavilion.

—The Skaneateles Farmer’s Market opens next Thursday, May 24, at the Skaneateles Community Center and YMCA.

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