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Board targets Skaneateles Falls park for possible projects

A satellite view of Skaneateles Falls Playground and surrounding area. Though the town board discussed providing better access to the park by adding a sidewalk or acquiring access to the land to the east of the park, they voted to apply for a grant to enhance the playground and basketball.

A satellite view of Skaneateles Falls Playground and surrounding area. Though the town board discussed providing better access to the park by adding a sidewalk or acquiring access to the land to the east of the park, they voted to apply for a grant to enhance the playground and basketball.

Sue Murphy, of the parks department, said that when youth softball has practices at the park people usually park at the American Legion, on School Street or in the parking lot on the other side of Jordan Road.

Pavlus, who was at the meeting, added that some of the land owned by Stauffer Chemical company, that is also adjacent to the park, could be acquired to expand the park and give residents access to Skaneateles Creek.

“They [Stauffer] have no use for that property and then people in that area would be able to get down to the water’s edge,” Pavlus said.

Though it made no firm plans to pursue either project outside of the grant application, board members said they would like to start planning for the grant application longer in advance next year.

In other business:

—The board voted to have engineers from C&S Companies inspect three old railroad bridges for $900. The fee was a compromise with the firm, who originally asked for $500 to inspect one of the bridges.

The board wants to save one of the bridges despite the Onondaga County Department of Transportation initially planning to remove it when it does work on Jordan Road in Skaneateles Falls this summer.

The three bridges, which all cross Skaneateles Creek, were part of an old railroad line. The land they sit on is now owned by the town and could one day be used as a nature trail that connects to the Charlie Major Nature Trail and the village.

—The board voted 4 to 1 (with Councilor Nancy Murray dissenting) to engage with Syracuse-based law firm Mackenzie Hughes. The firm will seek grant funding for future water system improvement projects, including the possible addition of a water tower on the west side of town. Mackenzie Hughes does not charge the town unless it successfully secures a grant, meaning its services are free, for the time being.

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

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