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From the Supervisor: Thinking about future plans for the creekwalk

At last week’s board meeting, we authorized our engineer to assess the bridges that cross Skaneateles Creek for potential use as a pedestrian path across the creek. This is our first step in evaluating the possibility of extending the Charlie Major Nature trail north through the Skaneateles Falls area. We have also requested maps from the county which will help us decide where a “creekwalk” could go. Much of the land and the bridges that were previously used for the railroad are now town-owned. Several residents have already said that they’d like to be involved in this project but if you’re reading this and are interested in helping, let me know.

You may have seen the news that our Outreach coordinators, Pat Snyder and Jacque McConnaghy, were presented with the Rotary Harris Fellowship award. These two women do a wonderful job of confidentially helping individuals experiencing a difficult time and looking for a little assistance. This assistance is needed more than ever due to reductions in Federal funding that helps families pay their utility bills along with cuts to the food stamp program. This has been a long, very cold winter already and we are fortunate to have our dedicated Outreach folks.

If you haven’t been to our website, I encourage you to check it out — townofskaneateles.com. Many residents have told us that they would like more information regarding what is going on with planning and zoning. Agendas and minutes are easy to find, but now you can also view plans that are submitted by an applicant. Thank you to Janet Aaron, Julie Stenger and Karen Barkdull for their continued efforts to make the website an easy to use resource for residents. If you have any suggestions, let us know.

We are continuing to evaluate the offer from the village to move into the former fire station truck bays. As I observe more situations where an individual goes to the wrong municipal office for something, the more I think that co-location would yield a big improvement in customer service.

Mary Sennett is the Skaneateles Town Supervisor, her column appears once a month in the Skaneateles Press. She can be reached at 685-6726 or msennett@townofskaneateles.com.

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