Skaneateles planning board meets with new VSM attorney

Will vote to rescind SEQR approval at March meeting

VSM wants the board to rescind its negative declaration of VSM’s SEQR and issue a positive one, so it can provide new information for the board’s review, planning board chairman Mark Tucker said. “They want to start over, basically,” he said.

A positive declaration of the SEQR would mean that VSM would be required to do more to explain why the project would be good for the community and the environment, Tucker said.

The board did not vote to rescind its previous approval of the VSM project SEQR because it did not have a quorum to vote on the matter.

To vote on a motion the board must have at least three of its five members present. Joe Southern has recused himself from the application process, newly appointed board member Beth Estes withheld from voting or participating in discussion and Board member Scott Winkelman was not present at the meeting because he was on vacation.

That left just Tucker and board member Donald Kasper available Tuesday, one vote short of a quorum.

Southern has recused himself from any VSM agenda items meaning he had to leave the room for that part of the meeting. Southern’s presence and comments at a November Citizens to Preserving the Character of Skaneateles, a group dedicated to opposing the VSM project, has caused him to exclude himself from any VSM discussion or votes to avoid a potential conflict of interests.

Estes will meet with planning board attorney Scott Molnar and town attorney Patrick Sardino before the board’s next meeting on, March 19, to discuss when or if it would be appropriate for her to participate in the VSM discussions. This is both because Estes has not sat on the board for the whole VSM application process and for other reasons which have not been made public, Tucker said.

Vote on this Story by clicking on the Icon


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment