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Village of Skaneateles to take on numerous capital projects

Water main replacements will be high priority

The village has heard from both the Onondaga County Department of Health and the Skaneateles Fire Department in recent months about the urgent need for the water pressure issue to be addressed.

After reviewing a study done by GHD, a national engineering, architecture and environmental consulting firm, the village municipal board recommended that the village take on the $1.93 million project as soon as possible at a meeting on April 24.

“The water line project is a life safety issue that we’ve got to get done,” Trustee Sue Jones said.

Mayor Marty Hubbard said that many of the projects need to be done by outside contractors, but with oversight and guidance from village officials. This means that the village should limit itself to just the most urgent of its impending capital projects.

Though the waterline replacements is urgent Hubbard said he doesn’t envision the work taking place until next summer because the village needs time to send out a bids for both the loan for the projects and the contract for the work. Sending out bids for contractors is difficult in the summer and is ideally done in the winter, Hubbard said.

Other projects the village is looking to do include:

—New village office parking lot improvements (high priority): $292,300

—Switching the YMCA to village power (high priority) : $173,100

—Retrofitting village lighting with LED fixtures (medium priority): $185,000

—West Lake Street south end curbing, pavement and drainage (medium priority): $350,000

—Relocating electric utilities to underground facilities on Fennell Street (medium priority): $1.06 million

—Goodspeed drainage, pavement and curbing (medium priority): $91,200

—Sachem, teasel mill fill (medium): $173,000

—Phase three of the waterline replacements, 4-inch mains on various roads (low priority): $1.2 million

—New electric substation (medium priority): $983,000

In other business:

­—The village moved to authorize the village Department of Public Works to put up two split-rail fences and removable bollards on the village property on West Elizabeth that will be used as one of the entrances to the village creekwalk that will be a part of the Parkside Housing development.

The board said they wanted to keep people from cutting across the laws of the adjoining properties and also discourage motorized vehicles from going on the path.

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

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