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Village of Skaneateles to ask town to split water debt

The Skaneateles village board discussed upcoming debt it must handle at its July 25 meeting.

The board discussed the need to pass a joint inter-municipal agreement with the town of Skaneateles regarding payment of $600,000 to cover the remaining debt from the installation of the UV disinfection system for the village drinking water.

Since the town is the biggest customer of the village water and represents about half of the water usage, the plan is to ask them to pay for half of the debt, Village Attorney Michael Byrne said.

The cost of the project, which was completed last year, was initially about $800,000, though a New York State Local Government Efficiency Grant brought the expense down to $624,000, and the village plans to pay for $24,000 out of its water fund, leaving $600,000 to bond for, Byrne said.

The board also voted to advertise a bid opening for planned maintenance to the water tower off of East Street. The maintenance will also be covered by the government efficiency grant and will include cleaning and painting both the inside and outside, including re-lettering “Home of the Lakers” which was vandalized over the winter and only temporarily fixed by the village, Mayor Marty Hubbard said.

In other business

—The mayor and trustees received a letter from Skaneateles Fire Department Fire Chief Eric Sell dated July 11, requesting that the fire siren be put back up at 26 Fennell St. on a pole. The letter also proposes conditions for the siren’s reinstallation: between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. the siren will sound six times for fire calls and once for EMS calls and between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. the siren will sound six times only for structure fires or at the instruction of one of the three chiefs.

The letter also states: “As chief, I believe that this plan will satisfy the need for a second method of alerting out volunteers while being sensitive to the concerns of residents.”

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