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Skaneateles town board approves charity road race

The Skaneateles Town Board approved a new five km road race event to be held this summer at its April 4 meeting.

The event will be organized and hosted by Welch Allyn and proceeds will benefit the charities Clear Path for Veterans and Dogs2Vets, event organizer Abby Fulton said.

The event will be held on July 20 and will include a five km road race and a fun run. The race route will start and finish on Welch Allyn property, but parts of it will go out onto county roads.

Welch Allyn is planning the event with cooperation from USA Track and Field, New York State Troopers and SAVES. The public will be able to register for the event online in the near future, Fulton said.

Welch Allyn hopes that the event will be a success and become a staple in Skaneateles for years to come, she said.

In other business

--The board voted to approve a Bond Anticipation Note (BAN) with M&T Bank for the expense of two bridges it built last summer on Sheldon and Irish roads. The town had put out a bid for a bond for the bridges on Feb. 28, but received no responses. The BAN has an interest rate of 1.9 percent.

The project was initially paid for by the town’s unappropriated fund balance, Bridgett Winkelman, the town budget officer, said. The town can re-open the bid at any time and it can issue a BAN, for up to five years after the project if necessary, she said.

--The board announced that it received a letter from State Senator John DeFrancisco notifying the town of an increase in funding from the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).

The town will receive an additional $19,474 this year, bringing its total amount received from the program up to $89,533.

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

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