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Skaneateles village board approves building renovation

The village of Skaneateles board of trustees voted to approve a building renovation at its Nov. 14 meeting.

Following a public hearing, the board moved to approve a critical impact for 25 Jordan St. The first floor of the building will be renovated to be used as an expansion of Skaneateles Bakery which is next door.

The bakery is looking to put in more seating and potentially expand its menu, though the renovation will not include putting in any heavy-duty kitchen equipment, building owner Jason Slottje said.

In other business:

—Village Attorney Michael Byrne said that the village has come to an agreement with Rondald Patulski who owns the apartment building adjacent to the village hall.

Patulski several years ago had paved a parking lot and put up a chain-link fence that encroached on village property, about five feet past the actual property line. Instead of taking legal action to reclaim its property, which would essentially eliminate the parking lot where tenants of the building park, the two have worked out another arrangement, Byrne said.

Patulski will remove a dumpster that is on village property and grant the village a public right-of-way for the pavement that connects his lot to the village lot and the post office. With this right-of-way in place, motorists exiting the adjacent post office will be able to turn onto Fennell Street more safely via the village lot. Several accidents have happened in front of the post office in the past due to people backing out their vehicles onto Fennell Street, Police Chief Lloyd Perkins said.

—The board moved to appoint Stephen Hartnett to fill a vacancy on the village planning board. Since Hartnett is currently a member of the village zoning board of appeals, there are now two vacancies on that board, which will meet next in December.

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