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LETTER: Chamber of commerce supports town hall move

To the editor:

We, the Board of Directors of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce, are writing in support of the proposed plan to relocate the Skaneateles town offices from Jordan Street to the vacant equipment bay area of the new village offices on Fennell Street. We feel that while the services of the two entities may be distinct, there may well be some savings from shared facilities, and supplies. In addition, it will benefit our residents to have all our municipal activities at one location with good free parking, and an easily accessible facility. Those new to the area or visiting will also easily find what they need in one place, even if they aren’t sure which jurisdiction applies. Being redirected down the hall is a lot more convenient than being sent to another building in another part of the village.

We understand that the sale of the town’s building would cover much if not all of the expense of developing the new space so no bond would be necessary. The project may also qualify for the same sort of energy grant the village received for their facility. And further, the village and town residents would benefit from having the current town hall property on the tax roles ongoing.

Taking all these points into consideration, we feel this is a logical and appropriate plan and hereby express our support.

Thomas Grant

President, Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

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