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Concerns raised about Skaneateles fire siren

The village board of trustees addressed the status of the recently taken-down fire siren at its meeting on Feb. 28.

The fire department was not aware why the siren was taken down or what its future would be, President of the Skaneateles Fire Department Jim Buff said.

Buff presented two petitions to the board, one for and one against the siren being put back up. The petition against the siren had no signatures and the one for it had the signatures of many local firefighters, he said.

The issue of the siren, which used to sound during emergencies at the hire hall on Fennell St., was added to the agenda by trustee Jim Lanning who wanted to have an open discussion about it.

Lanning also spoke in favor of putting the siren back up: “I’m in favor having notification to the community of some kind of catastrophic event. I’m in favor of a reduced decibel siren being erected on a pole. I’m a little confused about how it was taken down without village approval,” Lanning said.

Mayor Marty Hubbard said that he and trustee Sue Jones will have a private meeting with Fire Chief Eric Sell to clear up any misconceptions about the siren.

“Myself and liaison Jones will meet with Eric and whoever else he wants to assign and we will have a two-on-two meeting and perhaps separate fact from fiction,” Hubbard said.

Also from the meeting:

— The village received a report submitted by village Code Enforcement Officer Adam D’Amico, who was not present at the meeting, encouraging citizens to have their chimneys cleaned on a regular basis in light of a recent fire at the Sherwood Inn.

— The board voted to extend the village’s lease with Rick Moscarito, the owner of 46 E. Genesee St., by 60 days — until July 15. This is a precaution because they are unsure when the construction will be completed on the new village hall on Fennell Street.

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