Passes resolution opposing a boulevard redesign of the interstate
Though it doesn’t pass through Skaneateles a redesign of Interstate 81’s passage through Syracuse could potentially affect the community negatively. The Skaneateles Town Board passed a resolution at its May 16 meeting providing its official position on the future of Interstate 81 in the city of Syracuse.
Five years from now, the Syracuse skyline could look very different. Instead of an elevated highway heading into the city, the New York State Department of Transportation could construct an arterial boulevard. Or an underground tunnel. Or an iconic bridge. Truthfully, the DOT isn’t sure yet what the new Interstate 81 will look like. They just know that something needs to be done to replace the existing structure. “Bridges are designed to last for a certain period of time,” said Beau Duffy, public information officer for the NYS DOT. “The I-81 viaduct in Syracuse is reaching this point in time. Because repair and refurbishment of the bridge involves a significant investment, it makes sense, from a cost-benefit perspective, to look at potential alternatives for the future of the corridor.”
Includes 1 percent increase in tax rate
The village of Skaneateles Board of Trustees voted to adopt its 2013 to 2014 operating budget at its April 24 meeting. The total budget for the village’s next fiscal year, starting June 1, will be $2,815,688 a 5.43 percent increase from the previous year. The property tax levy will be $1,472,389, a 2.16 percent increase from the previous year. This increase is accounted for by an about one percent increase in assessment values for the village and a one percent increase in the tax rate.
The Skaneateles town board heard the results of a financial audit and other business from its meeting on Thursday, April 18.
It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that autism has risen to one in every 88 births in the United States. In order to raise awareness about the programs and services available to families affected by autism, the New York State Senate has commemorated April 2013 as Autism Awareness Month.
Village board honored by presents from South Sudanese sister village
The village of Skaneateles received a gift all the way from Africa at its April 11 meeting. Rev. Craig Lindsey, of First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles, and John Dau, of Duk Payuel village in South Sudan, presented the board of trustees with framed photos and a proclamation of their village-to-village relationship.
The Skaneateles Town Board approved a new five km road race and fun run event to be held by Welch Allyn this summer at its April 4 meeting.
The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees held its annual organizational meeting on Monday, April 1 where it approved appointments and re-appointments for village officials and committee members.
The Skaeneateles village board voted unanimously to pass local law 1 of 2013 at its March 28 meeting to reduce the size of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission to five members.
The town of Skaneateles has decided that it is time to upgrade it website, townofskaneateles.com.
As expected, the three uncontested candidates for village office were re-elected Tuesday to four-year terms, though 13 additional people received write-in votes for mayor and trustee also.
Village residents speak out against proposal to change the makeup and powers of the historic commission
The village office at 46 W. Genesee Street was packed with people anxious to voice their opposition to a proposed local law to “streamline” the village Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission on March 14.
The Skaneateles Town Board heard a report from town planner Howard Brodsky about the possibility of appointing an Open Space Committee which would serve the purpose of paying residents with large plots of land to have a conservation easement put on part or all of the land.
After the fire department submitted a petition to have it put back up, the village board resolved to meet and address the issue of the village fire siren.
The town board held a public forum to discuss ideas for applying for a community development block grant at its Feb. 21 meeting.