Skaneateles hires second constable for boat launch security

Like Adessa, Augello will be paid $18.36 an hour and used at the discretion of the board.

In other business:

--Following an executive session, the board voted to hire Syracuse-based architecture firm Ashley McGraw to do an assessment on the town’s options to move the town offices. They will assess the town’s space needs and provide an estimate of the cost to potentially co-locate with the village or to build a new building on the town-owned property on Fennell Street.

The board has sought proposals from three architectural firms with local representatives: Ashley McGraw, King and King and Lake Architectural. The cost to hire McGraw will be no more than $$4,200, Town Clerk Janet Aaron said.

--The board voted to hire Fran Lawlor, at a cost not to exceed $1,500, to do an ash tree inventory for all the trees on town property and in town right of ways. Many ash trees in the region have been infested with emerald ash borers -- an invasive species of beetle. The town wants to keep track of ash trees to prevent infestations or properly take down and dispose of trees that are infested. The cost will be covered by the town’s contingency fund.

--Though they didn’t vote, the board is considering Sennett’s request to amend the rental agreement for Austin Park Pavilion to waive the fee for any non-profit groups or events that may want to use the facility in the summer.

The new agreement would require the groups to take the facility “as is,” meaning town employees will not assist with setup or cleanup, and they will be required to give the town a deposit and document liability insurance, Sennett said.

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

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