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Chamber of Commerce seeks new village signs to help local businesses

Sue Dove, executive director of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce, right, shows the village board printed examples of the new signs the chamber would like erected in the village to direct visitors to businesses that reside off Genesee Street. From left, Trustee Sue Jones, Mayor Marty Hubbard, Village Clerk Patty Couch and Trustee Marc Angelillo.

Sue Dove, executive director of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce, right, shows the village board printed examples of the new signs the chamber would like erected in the village to direct visitors to businesses that reside off Genesee Street. From left, Trustee Sue Jones, Mayor Marty Hubbard, Village Clerk Patty Couch and Trustee Marc Angelillo. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— The signs would be paid for by the chamber and the businesses whose names are on the signs, Dove said, and the only help from the village the chamber would ask is assistance erecting the poles. The chamber also would be responsible for updating the signs as businesses come and go from the community, she said.

The village board members were interested by the idea but had numerous questions and concerns.

Village Attorney Michael Byrne said some of the existing poles in the village are owned by Verizon, not the village, and he was unsure if they could be used for such a shared purpose. The possibility would have to be investigated.

Police Chief Lloyd Perkins was concerned that a sign at the corner of Genesee and Jordan streets could obstruct sight lines for traffic turning onto Jordan Street from Genesee Street; while former village codes officer Jorge Batlle said not only would that sign have to be approved by the village historic commission because it is in the historic district, but a sign at West Genesee Street and Kane Avenue would extend into the Route 20 right of way and therefore must be approved by the state DOT.

All of the trustees were concerned about a possible sign at the corner Kane Avenue because it would be in the village but directing people to businesses outside of the village down West Lake Road. “This one for me is the hardest [to approve],” said Trustee Sue Jones.

Trustee Marc Angelillo said he was not necessarily opposed to that sign, but worried about other businesses wanting to add their names to the sign. “So how big of a sign are we talking?” he asked.

After the meeting, Jones said she was concerned not only about adding more business names to each of the three proposed sign posts, but also of future requests to then put similar signs at multiple other village points, such as the corner of East Genesee Street and East Lake Road.

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