Town, village get on track with stalled comprehensive plan review

The town and village boards held a joint meeting on Oct. 23 in the school district office to get back on track with a review of the town comprehensive plan that started in 2009.

Attorney Joel Russell was brought in by the town to act as legal counsel — in part because the town doesn’t currently have an attorney after Pat Sardino resigned in August — and to help facilitate the process of reviewing and eventually adopting changes to the comprehensive plan.

Though he doesn’t live in Skaneateles, Russell was chosen because he was involved in the two previous comprehensive plan revisions in Skaneateles.

Ultimately, the meeting resulted in the comprehensive plan review committee reconvening with seven of its original nine members and planning to meet with representatives of the town and village within a month to determine the best steps to take to resume the review process.

The review committee was composed of volunteer community members who were appointed by the town in 2009 to review and propose revisions to the section of the plan titled “Goals, Objectives and Action Items.”

The committee was chaired by Cathy Dove and included: Alan Dolmatch, Bob Eggleston, Jessica Millman, Kathryn Carlson, Michael Card, Jeff Harrop, Dave Vensel and Dessa Bergen. When the committee meets again Dove and Carlson have said they will not participate due to other commitments.

Comments from the members of the review committee that were present at the meeting as well as letters exchanged prior to the meeting indicated that communication with elected officials had been a problem and not everyone was on the same page regarding the review process.

The review committee last met in 2011 and in July of that year had submitted their work to the town and village review subcommittee, composed of village representatives Mary Sennett and John Cromp and town representatives Rick Keyes and Steve McGlynn.

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