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Village of Skaneateles to ask town to split water debt

The board had no comments and did not take any action on the request.

—Workers are working on “punch-list items” to finish up the new offices for the village police, Hubbard said. One item that still needs to be addressed is a leaky roof. That part of the building should be inspected and ready for the police to move into in two or three weeks, he said.

—The village voted 4-1 to hire Auburn-based CPA Jason Lesch to perform a review of the village’s utility billing, payroll and accounting to make suggestions about how to run things more efficiently. His services will cost $2,500 and based on his recommendations the board may want to consider hiring an assistant treasurer or financial advisor to fill in if Village Clerk/Treasurer Patty Couch is out of the office for an extended period. Lesch was referred to the village by accounting firm Gorssman St. Amour who perform the village’s audits, trustee Marc Angelillo said.

Trustee Jim Lanning voted “no” and said he would be more comfortable with the hiring if the position had been advertised publicly.

—Angelillo reported that the CSEA workers contracted to maintain the village parks could take a grievance with the village if it went forward with a proposal to install recycling bins at the lake-side parks. The bins would be emptied for free by Davey’s Forest Project and the union workers could argue that emptying the bins should be their job, he said. The board did not take any action on the recycle bin proposal for the second consecutive meeting.

—HomeServe will be doing a mailing solicitation to residents of Skaneateles for their water service line coverage in July. The trustees noted that the letters are regarding private insurance and have no affiliation with the village or village water.

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

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