To the editor,
The Citizens to Preserve the Character of Skaneateles (CPCS) applauds Town Supervisor Mary Sennett’s proposal to examine the feasibility of relocating the town hall offices to the new village hall office building on Fennell Street.
In today’s challenging economy it is necessary for local municipalities to look for ways to save taxpayers’ money. One strategy is to seek opportunities to share resources. The town and the village have done an admirable job in this area to date. Sharing a building follows the same reasoning.
Local citizens would find it very convenient if both municipal governments were located in the same spot. This concept has been examined over the years, but it hasn’t been viable until now.
Furthermore, selling the current town hall building and putting it back on the tax rolls will benefit the community and expand the thriving retail district on Jordan Street.
Yes, the village hall’s current truck bay space may not be perfect at this time. But with revenues raised from the sale of the current town hall building, as well as funding programs available from state and county governments, it should be possible to come up with a design that will be much better for our town employees and the public without significant increased costs to the taxpayers.
The idea of a shared municipal office building makes great sense to us and it is worth pursuing vigorously. We hope the town board will put this important feasibility study on a fast track.