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Town of Skaneateles to investigate drainage concerns

The town of Skaneateles will be investigating a drainage problem thought to be coming from the rear of an undeveloped property on East Genesee Street owned by Pat Bombard.

The owner of the house at 68 Onondaga St. complained about flooding on the rear of their yard, which borders Bombard’s property, Town Code Enforcement Officer Debbie Williams said at the town board meeting on July 18.

Williams and town engineer Doug Wickman will investigate the property further to determine if improper drainage has been causing flooding on the adjoining property, she said.

Williams said she consulted with planning board attorney Scott Molnar and if they found Bombard to be at fault, and if he is unwilling or unable to correct the problem, they could take action against him under town law.

Under the property maintenance law passed by the town in 2012, the town can have a contractor do the work to correct the problem and then add the charges to Bombard’s tax bill.

Bombard, who used to own a Chevrolet dealership in Skaneateles, was taken into custody in February for violation of probation for not paying money owed to a Skaneateles resident as ordered by an Onondaga County judge.

Williams said she would keep the board updated on the situation.

In other business:

—Supervisor Terri Roney announced that town attorney Patrick Sardino had informed the town that he would be resigning his post because he is leaving for another job out of the area.

“I think that he’s done an outstanding job on behalf of the town and this board — always looking out for the town’s best interest and our interests to make sure that we comply with the rules and regulations,” Roney said.

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

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