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Town working on 5-year plan for Skaneateles Falls development

“We want to link the village to Mottville and Skaneateles Falls and we have pieces of it in place, we have right of ways in place that have been preserved by the planning offices both in the village and in the town,” she said.

Brace said the board plans to form a committee for the initiative and she has already heard from residents interested in getting involved.

The board has taken steps recently to protect three old railroad bridges, all traversing Skaneateles Creek, that could be incorporated in the trails, similarly to what was already done with the Charlie Major nature trail, which would be part of the rails to trails project.

The board also discussed having a 6-foot high “pedestrian culvert” installed underneath Old Seneca Turnpike that would allow the Charlie Major nature trail to continue south toward the village. Board members said they will ask the town’s engineering advisory committee to advise them on what would need to be done to go forward with that project.

An early draft of the five-year plan also mentions seeking access to either the National Grid or Stauffer Chemical lands to provide better access to Skaneateles Falls Playground. The Stauffer Chemical property has been designated a brownfield area, unfit to build on due to pollution, though the board hopes the state Department of Environmental Conservation will release it from that status this year, making it available for development. Other possible projects include a new community playground and a “nature-scape oriented park” on land owned by the town on Sheldon Road.

In other business:

--The board voted to establish a temporary planning and zoning sub-committee to do some needed revisions to the town’s zoning laws. The town’s laws do not currently provide a definition for “easement” or “right of way” and other terms. The revisions recommended by the subcommittee will not be in conflict with any possible changes enacted by the pending revision to the town comprehensive plan, Sennett said.

--The board voted to close the transfer station on Tuesday, June 10, so the employees can participate in a required safety training course.

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

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