Skaneateles developers want to annex town land to village for housing project

In other business:

--The town chose to take no action on the subject of the old railroad bridge that it had given the Onondaga County Department of Transportation permission to tear down as a part of construction work on a Jordan Road bridge slated for next summer.

At its May 15 meeting, Charlie Major had advised the board that the old bridge, one of many remaining wooden bridges as part of an old railroad line, could be used as part of a nature trail in the future.

Councilor Rick Keyes said that it would be less expensive for the town to build a new bridge in that location to be used as part of a nature trail than it would be to repair the current structure.

The current structure is rotting and could be a liability issue for the town in the future also, councilor Steve McGlynn said.

--The board heard a presentation from Fran Fish of the Skaneateles Lake Association on proposed new signage for the different boat launch sites around the lake. The signs will remind boaters about clearing off their boats of any plant life to avoid the spread of invasive species and will be paid for by the lake association.

The board agreed to approve the new signs at a future meeting after evaluating the language and also the sign already in place stating the town rules for use of the lake.

Fish also said that the town boat launch has agreed to sell one-day passes to boaters for $5.

--The board voted to advertise for applicants for the town assessor position, with a deadline of July 12 for resumes. The current assessor, Ron Miller, will be retiring when his appointment is up (a six-year term that ends this September).

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

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