Skaneateles town board fields questions on comprehensive plan review

“It’s been tested in court and it has actually worked to countersue very large proposed subdivisions that have been challenged and the plan survived and actually stopped that,” he said.

In other business:

--The board approved highway superintendent Jim Card’s request for $185,124 for the purchase of a new snowplow truck. The new truck will replace a 1998 model that has a cracked frame and will likely not pass inspection next year, Card said. The old truck was due to be replaced and the money for a new one has been budgeted and is available in the town’s equipment reserve fund.

The funds will be transferred for the purchase following a required 30-day permissive referendum during which residents may petition the town against the decision.

Card also reported that all the “Welcome to Skaneateles” signs placed on the town borders on Routes 321, 41 and 41A have all gone missing over time. The one on 41A was most recently reported missing by a resident who lives nearby, though several have disappeared, presumed stolen, from Route 321 on the Skaneateles/Elbridge border, Card said.

The metal signs were specially made for the town, at a cost of $300 each, and had its logo and colors.

Board members said that it was not worth the expense of having nice signs if people steal them every time they are put up. The board moved to purchase the standard white municipal signs that display the town’s zoning and parking regulations at a price of about $50 each.

--The town moved to replace its furnaces and re-do the heating and cooling system in the town hall. The project has an estimated cost of $9,845 and will be transferred from the town hall capital reserve fund.

--The board reminded the public about its free household hazardous waste collection day it will hold from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sat. Sept. 14 at the transfer station. Items that can be properly disposed of at the event will include: adhesives, pesticide, antifreeze, polish, waxes, solvents, pool chemicals, driveway sealers, all paints and stains, household cleaning products, aerosol cans, fire extinguishers and products containing mercury.

The town will also hold a paper shredding day from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 26 at the transfer station. The event will be free to anyone with a transfer station permit.

Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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