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New village hall opens in Skaneateles

Fennell Street building opens, final work wrapping up on exterior

Despite the exterior not being finished, the village government moved into the new village hall at 26 Fennell St. last week.

Despite the exterior not being finished, the village government moved into the new village hall at 26 Fennell St. last week. Joe Genco

Though it may not look finished from the outside, the interior passed inspection and the village of Skaneateles was able to move its offices into its new home last week.

The new building, located at 26 Fennell St. in what used to be home to the Skaneateles Fire Department, has been under construction since November of last year.

While work still has to be done on the front door, entrance way, landscaping and exterior of the building, the interior is complete so that the village could move its offices from its long-time location at 46 W. Genesee St., which it sold last year.

The village clerk, mayor, planning, zoning and code enforcement offices were all set up and open for business as of July 10.

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Village clerk Patty Couch handles business inside the new village offices.

The police department will also be moving into the new building from its current location, the white building in the rear of the property, as soon astheir part of the building has been completed and inspected Director of Municipal Operations Bob Lotkowictz said.

The final stages of the first phase of construction will include adding landscaping around the exterior of the building, including a rain garden that will be watered by the building’s gutter system, finishing the front entrance and door and installing photovoltaic cells on the building’s roof.

With the photovoltaic cells in place, the building will be the first net-zero energy use municipal building in New York State. Net-zero energy consumption means that the building generates enough, or more than enough, power on its own and does not take any electricity from the grid.

The photovoltaic cells will be paid for with a $575,000 federal grant that the village received shortly after it finalized its plans for the renovations last year.

When the photovoltaic cells generate more power than the building consumes, the extra power will be added to the municipal power grid, which could make power bills go down for village residents, Lotkowictz said.

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