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Village of Skaneateles passes law to reduce size of HLPC

Construction workers remove dirt on Friday, March 29, that was excavated during drilling 850-foot holes pipes sticking out of ground) for the geothermal energy system to be built in the new village hall on Fennell Street.

Construction workers remove dirt on Friday, March 29, that was excavated during drilling 850-foot holes pipes sticking out of ground) for the geothermal energy system to be built in the new village hall on Fennell Street. Joe Genco

In other business

--The village voted unanimously on a resolution to adopt the Onondaga County county-wide Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The plan contains a clear set of guidelines for community-wide emergency scenarios and would make it easier for the village to obtain FEMA funding, if some type of disaster were to occur, Director of Municipal Operation Bob Locktowictz said.

-- Locktowictz also gave an update on the new village hall renovations. Construction crews have started drilling the 850-foot holes that will be used to generate geothermal heat to help power the building.

The photovoltaic panels that will be installed on the roof have also arrived at the work site, he said.

--Mayor Marty Hubbard announced that the village is a finalist for a $2 million grant from Onondaga County’s Suburban Save the Rain Funding. The village is being considered because it has one of the five best waste water treatment facilities in the county, he said.

--The village passed a motion to deny the request made by GE to have volunteers put up white ribbons along Genesee Street as part of a campaign to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence. The board members were concerned about too many ribbons being up and that they would not be taken down in a timely manner.

Trustee Jim Lanning was in favor of allowing the ribbons to be put up with certain criteria and voted against the motion.

Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneateles.com.

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