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Skaneateles town board discusses goals for year, introduces new attorney

The new Skaneateles town board held its first meeting on Jan. 2. From left: Councilor Nancy Murray, Councilor Jim Greenfield, Councilor Connie Brace, Supervisor Mary Sennett, Clerk Janet Aaron. Not pictured: Attorney Tom Taylor and Councilor Claire Robinson Howard.

The new Skaneateles town board held its first meeting on Jan. 2. From left: Councilor Nancy Murray, Councilor Jim Greenfield, Councilor Connie Brace, Supervisor Mary Sennett, Clerk Janet Aaron. Not pictured: Attorney Tom Taylor and Councilor Claire Robinson Howard. Photo by Joe Genco.

During his tenure Graham also helped develop the town’s original comprehensive plan, the ideals of which he said he hopes the current board will work to uphold.

“I hope that this town board and everybody who is on the comprehensive plan committee will dedicate themselves to making sure that we have a new one that will serve out residents and our customers and especially the future of the lake,” he said.

The annual resolution included liaison duties for each board member. The liaison is responsible for reporting the activities of committees and departments to the board and can also handle questions or concerns for the public regarding their departments.

Sennett will be liaison for the budget, legal department and safety. Councilor Jim Greenfield will be liaison for animal control, highway and water departments, the transfer station and the agricultural advisory committee. Councilor Nancy Murray will be liaison for the parks, cemeteries, town historian, outreach, town hall, conservation committee and lake monitoring committee. Brace will be liaison for planning and zoning, codes enforcement and the comprehensive plan committee. Robinson Howard will be liaison for the assessor, constable, tax collector, justice court and open space committee.

In other business:

—Board members read seven goals that they will strive to accomplish in 2014. They are:

  1. Work cooperatively with other community entities such as the county, schools, village, YMCA and others.

  2. Work with and support the comprehensive plan committee toward completion with public comment and adoption.

  3. Update the planning and zoning process to better support board members, applicants and neighbors.

  4. Work with the village and try to fix the water system to ensure adequate water pressure and fire flow to the entire system.

  5. Work with the village, parks and community to ensure the future of our parks and recreation areas. Particular emphasis will be on the future of Austin Park Pavilion and connecting the creekwalk and the Charlie Major Nature Trail.

  6. Encourage community involvement, input on projects and decision making.

  7. Communicate with local businesses to establish a plan for economic support and development.

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