To the editor:
Recently the Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees proposed a new local law designed to make significant changes in the Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission (HLPC.)
At first, the new law would have stripped the commission of its power to oversee new construction and design modifications in the historic district.
After a huge public outcry, the village board prudently reconsidered this idea and preserved the full power and authority of HLPC.
On April 1, the village appointed a new five-member committee, replacing the nine-member committee that served the community for almost 20 years.
We’re pleased that former HLPC members Katharine Dyson and Ted Kinder have been re-appointed to the HLPC. They will be joined by Dave Birchenough, Lisa Riordan and Chad Rogers. We are very hopeful that this talented group will continue the tradition and spirit of the HLPC in the coming year.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t thank the former members of the HLPC who served our community so tirelessly and generously for years and years.
CPCS extends its sincerest thanks to Pat Blackler, Karlene Miller, Andy Ramsgard, Mona Smalley, Beverly White, Chuck Williams, Kihm Winship, and Carol Young. Their guidance over the years was invaluable and the community will forever be indebted to them for their hard work and dedication.
Skaneateles is so fortunate to have so many devoted residents who are ready to step up and protect the special attributes and unique assets that make this community such a great place to live. Architecture and design play such an important role in the charm and character of this town.
Thank you, HLPC, past and present!