Town of Skaneateles Newsletter

Hello Summer!
Enjoy Summer before it melts away!

Town of Skaneateles Historian
Beth Batlle

A Summer Garden
   I was standing in the middle of my garden the other day, surveying the results of several days of  tilling and planting. The young corn plants are up and enjoying the warmth of the sun. Will they be knee high by the 4th of July? It looks promising - but whose knees do we use to measure!
    The cucumbers are  spreading out and climbing up the special trellis made for them. Where did all these plants come from? It looks like there will be a lot of pickling to be done, ready to be eaten next winter.
Welcome to the Town Clerk's Office
Julie Stenger, Town Clerk
Welcome Summer in Skaneateles!  It is business as usual here in the Town Clerk's office! Visit us to get your fishing license, transfer station permit, process your passport, or to get your New York State Marriage License.
NEW Text Notification Program
The Town of Skaneateles has launched a text notification program. Click below to learn more about how to join. 
The Clerk's Office at the Town Hall, 24 Jordan Street, Skaneateles, New York 13152 is open Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. (Summer Hours until Sept. 3rd, Friday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Please call (315) 685-3473 or email to:

Janet Aaron

One of the most rewarding parts of my position as Supervisor is to be able to recognize community members or employees for their achievements.  For Town employees it is even more rewarding when you know employees are supporting each other and working as a team.  Recently I had the honor of recognizing one of our employees, Karen Barkdull, Clerk to our Planning and Zoning Boards.  Members of the Town staff, elected officials as well as outside professionals submitted letters in support of Karen being nominated for the 2021 New York Planning Federation Pomeroy Award for Zoning Achievement.  This award is presented to an individual, municipality, or agency for consistent high-quality work and/or an outstanding contribution to zoning in New York State and Karen was chosen as this year's recipient. 

Town of Skaneateles
Parks Department Director
Sue Murphy     

Thinking of something to do?  Take a hike on the Conservation/Federal Farm, Guppy Falls, Charlie Major Nature Trails.  There is enough space for everyone!

  • Please keep your dog on a leash.  There is a leash law in the Village and the park is in the Village, so the law applies to everyone.
  • Maintaining the park takes some time, please watch out for our trucks, tractors and mowers.  We want to be out of your way as soon as possible, so please watch for us.
  • We have updated our cameras in Austin Park and Mandana parking lot areas.
  • Check the Town of Skaneateles website for daily updates regarding the Clift Park swimming area.
Town of Skaneateles
Engineering Department
Staff Engineer Miranda Robinson, P.E.

Solar Field Update
The solar panels are being installed up at the Transfer Station and construction should be complete by September.  The outpouring of support for the project has been overwhelming!  Solomon Solar is the company that will be taking over the solar farm project once it is complete, they will be responsible for managing the panels and the operation of the farm as a whole.  In recent conversations with Solomon Solar Town Officials learned that the Town of Skaneateles and its residents are one of the most energy conscious municipalities that Solomon has ever come across.

Paper Shredding Event
Saturday, September 18th
9am - 12pm
at the Transfer Station
                • Open to all residents with a valid 2021 Transfer Station Permit
                • Please remain in your vehicle, employees will remove papers from the trunk of your vehicle
                • If you would like your bins returned to your vehicle please inform the individual handling your materials 
                • Please wear a facial covering at time of service
Transfer Station
Tuesday- Saturday 7:00am - 2:30pm
  • Open to all residents with a valid 2021 Transfer Station Permit. 
  • Please STOP at the guard shack to allow the Attendant to verify the permit and license plates match. 
  • Entrance will not be allowed if your Transfer Station Permit is not present or if your license plate does not match those provided on your permit.
  • In the event you are using a loaner vehicle or a friend's car to bring in an item that does not fit in your vehicle, swing by the Town Hall first to get a Temporary Transfer Station Permit, we understand life happens.
  • Please remember verbal abuse will not be tolerated toward our employees and could result in your permit being revoked. If you have any issues, questions or concerns call 315-685-3473 Monday - Friday. 

SAVES was formed in 1967 by dedicated members of the community who saw a need for pre-hospital treatment and transport of the sick and injured within the Skaneateles area. In the beginning SAVES was staffed exclusively by volunteers. As times have changed and with advancements in the education requirements and the skills needed to be a professional EMS provider, we now have a nearly 100% compensated staff. New advance care procedures also require purchase of new and expensive equipment. SAVES' operation is partially funded by our patient's insurance and contributions provided by communities we serve.

Town of Skaneateles
Codes Enforcement Office
Codes Officer Robert Herrmann

It is important to clearly mark the front of your home (not just your mailbox) with your address to assist First Responders in the event of an emergency. Not just because this is part of the NYS Fire Code, it saves precious time when Emergency Response personnel could be by your side rather than looking for the correct house.
Per Section 505 of the 2020 Fire code of NY State titled Premises Identification

"New & existing buildings shall be provided with approved address identification. ...shall be legible and placed in a position that is visible from the street or road fronting the property.  Address identification characters shall contrast with their background. Address numbers shall be Arabic numbers....Numbers shall not be spelled out. Each character shall not be less than 4 " high with minimum stroke width of ½"."
"where access is by means of private road and building cannot be viewed from the public way, a monument, pole or other sign  or means shall be used to identify the structure. Address identification shall be maintained."

Reminder: Any pool designed to hold 24" inches in depth or more of water, have requirements just as permanent pools. They are required to have a  building permit. If you have any questions regarding pool requirements please call the office. 
For Building Permit or Codes questions call 315-685-0833 or
Calls are normally answered within 24 hours during the week. 

Skaneateles Outreach Office
Jacque McConnaghy  and Jean Babbles

The Outreach Office is once again open for regular office hours in conjunction with the Skaneateles Food Pantry hours.  We are available for in person appointments Tuesdays from 9:30am - 11:00am and Thursdays from 6:30pm - 8:00pm or by appointment. 

We are grateful that life is returning to normal and that the Playday program is back!  We were able to offer scholarships to families in need, enabling kids to participate in all the summer fun the program has to offer!

For confidential help, call 315-685-0427 or 315-283-4281, also email at 
Skaneateles Ecumenical
Food Pantry

We are so happy to be back to our regular hours again.  The pantry will be open every Tuesday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 am and every Thursday evening from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.   Anyone from the Town of Skaneateles, or living in the Skaneateles School District and needs food support is eligible to come.

We offer a 3 day supply of food, including meat, dairy products, fresh fruits and fresh vegetables as well as canned and boxed goods.   We also have laundry and cleaning products, diapers and personal care items.

Click here for more Food Pantry information!

Questions, please call: 315-685-3512 or 315-685-5048

Town Department Hours of Operations and Meeting Schedule: 

Town Hall Closings through October 2021        
September 6th     Labor Day            
October 11th     Columbus Day/Indigenous People's Day

Town Hall Summer Hours through Friday, September 3rd
Monday-Thursday    8am - 4pm            
Friday                          8am - 1pm

Town Hall Regular Hours begin Tuesday, September 7th
Monday-Friday    8am - 4pm 

Monthly Town Hall Meetings:
Town Board                                 6:30 p.m.     1st and 3rd Mondays
Planning Board                           6:30 p.m.      3rd Tuesday
Zoning Board of Appeals          7:00 p.m.      1st Tuesday 
Passport Services

Plan ahead as the U.S. Department of State is experiencing delays in the processing of Passport Applications. Here's what to expect... 

Door-to-Door Timelines:
Routine - 18 weeks
Expedited - 12 weeks
Expedited at Agency - Must have international travel within 72 hours 
(3 business days)

Call 315-685-3473 if you have any questions.

Village of Skaneateles

for updated information about the Village visit their website

26 Fennell Street
Skaneateles, NY
The Swap Shop

Open Saturdays,  
(Weather Permitting)

Electronics and items that may transmit the spread of COVID are not allowed. Check with the volunteers if you are unsure about items you will be dropping off.

Watch the Town website for all the updated  information!

Connect With Us

24 Jordan Street  ∙  Skaneateles, NY 13152  ∙  (315) 685-3473  ∙