Prompted by a letter from Village Mayor Marty Hubbard this week, Skaneateles town officials said they will investigate the possibility of moving the town offices into the vacant space in the new village hall.
The letter, from Hubbard to Town Supervisor Mary Sennett dated Jan. 13, offers the space that used to be the truck bay area of the old fire hall as a possible future location for the town offices.
According to the letter the property would be given to the town essentially for free:
“The village could subdivide its property and deed the parcel on which the truck bays are located so that the town would own that portion of the property. The village would only ask for an easement to maintain our solar panels on the roof above the truck bays.”
Hubbard also wrote that the arrangement would be mutually beneficial as it would foster better town/ village cooperation and could help them get government efficiency grants in the future.
At the town board’s Jan. 16 meeting, Sennett said she was “very excited” about the offer, but that the town needs to determine the viability of the proposal and assess its needs, before discussing if they want to do it.
Board members stated that accessibility, safety and parking availability are all concerns with the town’s current location at 24 Jordan St.
Some residents are unable to make it to the offices and conference rooms on the second floor of the building, because they are only accessible by stairs.
Town Historian Beth Battle commented that, during the summer, she is often unable to find an available parking spot in the public lot and many residents are unable to visit her in her office because they are unable to get up the stairs.
Councilor Claire Robinson Howard said there are concerns about the safety and security of the building, particularly for town justice court.