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Planning Board wants answers to multiple questions on VSM project

Hundreds attend special meeting on controversial development proposal

— The special meeting began with a surprise announcement by board member Joseph Southern in which he recused himself from “all meetings and decisions” related to the VSM project application by the board.

Southern made no explanation for his recusal decision, but board Chair Mark Tucker said Southern’s action was in response to concerns raised by a previous Skaneateles Press article citing his possibly inappropriate comments at a CPCS meeting and asking whether he had a conflict of interest in the VSM case.

The board then began its business of considering the letters it had received.

Village Director of Municipal Operations Bob Lotkowictz read a letter he sent to the board Nov. 6 citing village concerns that the proposed water usage of the VSM complex – as approved by the town in April and the planning board in October – is different than what conveyed to and approved by the village board in early 2012.

The seven-fold increase in gallons per minute used – from 20 gpm to 144 gpm – was not only inconsistent but would “severely affect” water pressure for residents in the Coach Road subdivision as well as residents along East Lake Road, Lotkowictz wrote. The allowed maximum use of 800 gpm would be “devastating” for the village water system to provide, he wrote.

Tucker referenced similar concerns raised by the Onondaga County Health Department in a letter to the board written Nov. 16. That letter cited similar concerns over the proposed VSM project water usage and sewage disposal plans, and stated that detailed and updated reviews of both these project components needed to be submitted and “addressed to the satisfaction” of the OCHD.

“The scope of this project has changed significantly over the past year to a much larger facility than that which was discussed with this office previously,” wrote Jeffrey A. Till, director of county public health engineering.

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