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Town of Skaneateles enters I-81 discussion

Passes resolution opposing a boulevard redesign of the interstate

Though the board said they don’t know if an I-81 boulevard through Syracuse would increase this activity, they are concerned that it might, and made this resolution to make sure that their concerns are heard.

Town Supervisor Terri Roney, who was not present at the meeting, spoke at a press conference held by state senator John Defrancisco in Syracuse about I-81 on May 17. Roney spoke on behalf of the suburban towns to the south of Syracuse that could be affected by changes to the highway.

In other business:

--Charlie Major spoke to the board to recommend that they reconsider giving the Onondaga County Department of Transportation permission to remove an old railroad bridge that crosses Skaneateles Creek.

The county DOT had said that they would need to remove the bridge as part of their reconstruction of the Jordan Road bridge near the post office in Skaneateles Falls, planned for 2014. The bridge lies on land that is owned by the town.

Major said that this historic bridge, along with several others, could one day be used as part of a possible “Northern Gateway” project including a nature trail that would connect to the Charlie Major nature trail.

The board said they would notify Town Highway Superintendent Jim Card and set up a meeting with county officials to discuss the matter.

--The town has set dates for a sealed bid system of selling surplus equipment from the YMCA. The items will be available for viewing from 8 a.m. to noon on May 31 and June1 at the Austin Park Pavilion. The town clerk’s office will accept sealed bids up until 10 a.m. on June 4 and the each item will be sold to the highest bidder.

The items up for bid include printers, computer accessories, TVs and six bumper boats.

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