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Skaneateles town board to bond for new bridges

The Skaneateles town board voted Jan. 17 to bid for a bond to pay for two new bridges it built last summer. The bid will open on Feb. 28 and will act as a way to lighten the burden on taxpayers since the bridges are a long-term investment, Town Clerk Janet Aaron said.

The bridges were built on Sheldon and Irish roads to replace old ones that had deteriorated over time. The bridges were done by the town highway department and paid for with town funds, and should last for around 50 years.

A bond would allow the town to pay for the bridges over an extended period of time and would prevent the board from having to raise taxes to cover the expense, Aaron said.

In other business:

—The town board voted to renew their contract with the Finger Lakes SPCA to have any animals rescued in town sent to their shelter in Auburn.

—The board also made a resolution to support a bill in the New York State Assembly that would require banks foreclosing on vacant structures to notify municipalities who to contact to deal with the structures in a timely manner.

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