The municipal board also moved at its April 24 meeting to recommend that village officials meet with members of the Syracuse Water Department to discuss the possibility of using an old intake pipe to add water to the system during an emergency situation when the fire department would need pressure to fight a fire. The pipe is located out past the swimming area of Clift Park and was used by the village prior to the installation of the current higher-volume intakes used to supply water to the city of Syracuse.
Most of the fire hydrants on the east side of the village currently have insufficient pressure for fighting fires. So, the Skaneateles Fire Department has arranged several contingency plans in the meantime if a fire were to occur, president Jim Buff said.
Four nearby fire departments have 1,500 gallon tanker trucks loaded with water and ready to respond to fires in Skaneateles as a part of mutual aid. The problem with that plan is that, if they were needed, it would take about 20 minutes for the tankers to arrive on the scene in Skaneateles, Buff said.
Another four tankers from departments as far away as Homer could be called upon also, but again the response time would be poor.
The department also could call in a pump truck that is owned by Cayuga County and kept in Auburn. The pump truck would be able to pump water straight out of the lake, but this would only be effective if a place could be found near the fire where the truck could safely access the lake, Buff said.
Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.