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Town files lawsuit against SRCT in state supreme court

Action comes after weeks of negotiations reach impasse

— The town board offered the SRCT “substantially” the same $68,500 purchase deal from June — that was agreed to but then rejected by the SRCT board — with an extended payment period, Sardino said. The SRCT members asked twice for extra time to discuss the proposal with their board before the town filed litigation, and, after the last requested extra time period ended Sept. 28, the board has not been contacted by the SRCT, Sardino said.

For its part, the SRCT countered the town’s September offer with a lower purchase amount and a fewer number of assets to be included in the sale, but the town rejected the offer, said SRCT Vice President George Smith.

“We thought we made a reasonable proposal to resolve it and the town rejected it,” Smith said. “We ended in a spot that was probably not good for either party.”

Since the SRCT negotiators did not contact the town board by Sept. 28 as they said they would, “The only thing I can take from their position now is the full-page ad,” Sardino said.

The full-page advertisement Sardino referred to was titled “An Open Letter to the Greater Skaneateles Community from Bill Allyn, Lew Allyn and Else Soderberg,” and was published in both Skaneateles community newspapers this week. The open letter offers a brief history of the issue concerning ownership of certain assets currently in the community center, specifically the Olympia ice resurfacer, and sought community support in “demanding” that the town board change its position. It also gave the names and contact information for all five members of the town board and the town attorney.

Smith said the SRCT did not coordinate with the Allyn family on the open letter to the community, although the board was informed about it prior to publication.

“My opinion [of the advertisement] is I’d like to see happen what they asked for in the last paragraph. Just move forward and get on to more important things, not spending legal fees and not sue us over this stuff,” Smith said.

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