Village of Skaneateles passes law repealing political sign restrictions

Trustee Sue Jones said she would take charge of an effort to further examine the village code and make suggestions for another law. Having signs too close to the road could be a safety issue, she said.

Skaneateles is the second Central New York municipality to repeal such a restriction to avoid potential challenges. The town of Manlius repealed its political sign law on Sept. 11 after a suit was filed against them by David Rubin, former dean of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

The town of Skaneateles has no time restriction on signs, but it does state that the signs must be removed no more than five days after the election (or event) is over. Trustees also expressed interest in adding this provision to the village code, though Byrne said he was unsure if it would be constitutional or not.

In other business:

--Hubbard read a statement responding to a letter from town supervisor Terri Roney requesting that the town and village hold a joint meeting to discuss the annexation of town property for a proposed senior living facility.

Hubbard said that the annexation is a statutory process which must begin with the landowners filing a petition. Developers Bob Casper and Mike McCracken have met with town officials regarding the project, though they have yet to officially apply for annexation.

In the statement Hubbard writes: “It would be unwise for the boards to meet in a joint public meeting prior to the receipt of a petition and doing so could compromise the ability of board members to vote on the proposal after it has been formally requested.”

The proposal would call for annexing five properties to the village, including the land on East Genesee Street owned by former car dealer Pat Bombard.

--Director of Municipal Operations Bob Lotkowictz said that village workers replaced a utility pole on West Genesee Street after it was struck by a car on the morning of Oct. 10. The motorist hit the pole after swerving to avoid a squirrel in the road, Lotkowictz said.

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