Skaneateles village deals with final stages of new offices

The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees discussed some of the final details for the new village hall on Fennell Street at its May 23 meeting.

The board approved up to $13,500 for QPK Design for planning the interior design and furnishings for the new building.

Head architect Connie Brace also presented the board with a revised plan for the configuration of the parking lot including landscaping, sidewalks and curbing.

Director of Municipal Operations Bob Lotkowictz said that the majority of the staging work for the lot, electric hook-ups and installation of a new transformer can be done by the village DPW. The curbing needs to be done by a specialist however, he said.

The plan includes adding grass around some areas on the perimeter and adding a garden around the building. This will help to make the building look more appealing and break up the “sea of blacktop,” Mayor Marty Hubbard said.

Village attorney Michael Byrne noted that one adjoining parking lot, for an apartment complex owned by Rondald Patulski, encroaches about 10 feet onto village property or a length about 100 feet. Byrne said that he had been put on notice about the violation years ago, but had not changed his lot to reflect the actual property borders.

This would be an opportunity for the village to correct this problem, especially considering that putting new curbs in place bordering the existing lots, would functionally enforce the incorrect borders, Bryne said.

“We’d be rewarding him for squatting on village property,” Bryne said to the board.

The village has yet to set a move-in date for the new office, but is hoping for July.

In other business:

—The village gave Code Enforcement Officer Adam D’Amico permission to publish names of codes violators in the local newspapers.

Under the new policy, codes violators will be given two written warnings and if they still do not correct the problem or cooperate with the village, their name will be published.

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