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Skaneateles to use reservoirs for firefighting

Dry hydrants will offer water source to firefighters while fire flow is poor

The poor pressure to a number of hydrants on the east side of the village is a problem that the village still plans to address with an upcoming capital project to replace water mains. The dry hydrants will be a way for firefighters to have easy access to water until the fire flow problem is corrected, though they will be permanent installations, Lotkowictz said.

The hydrant on East Street will be installed by town and village workers, though additional personnel may need to be brought in if the village installs dry hydrants near the lake.

In other business:

--Chad Rogers, a member of the Historic Landmarks and Preservation Commission, presented the board with a draft of a document titled “Village of Skaneateles Historic District Design Standards and Guidelines.”

The document is intended to be an aide to residents of the village’s historic district when bringing a building proposal before the HLPC. The idea for a set of guidelines came out of the public discussion initiated earlier this year when the village passed a law to reduce the number of members of the HLPC, Trustee Mary Sennett said.

The HLPC used the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s historic guidelines as a model for the document as well as building design standards used by the village of Pittsford, N.Y., Rogers said.

--The village will move forward with a new law to amend an outdated section of the zoning law titled “Household Occupations.” Under the current law, anyone conducting business in their home is technically required to get a special use permit from the village at a cost of $350.

A new law would make the permit unnecessary for anyone whose business has no effect on neighbors, said Village Attorney Mike Byrne who worked with Village Code Enforcement Officer Adam D’Amico on the proposal.

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