April 2022

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Town of Skaneateles Newsletter

Spring is in the air!

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Text Message Alerts

Join our Text Message Alerts to receive notifications on department closings, parks information, water emergencies and more! This tool is a HUGE help for anyone with kids participating in the Playday program!

Text the following keywords to personalize your information:


Text to 855-685-2055

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Town Clerk

Julie Stenger

The Town Clerk’s office is open regular hours 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Click here to for information about all the services we offer!

Contact the Town Clerk:

Julie Stenger, Town Clerk

Town of Skaneateles

24 Jordan Street

Skaneateles, NY 13152

(315) 685-3473



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Town Supervisor

Janet Aaron

Spring is finally here, and we can look forward to the many new activities and events we will be able to enjoy. Hopefully, COVID can be managed to allow for all activities to return.

The Town is currently working to make improvements to Austin Park and Pavilion. The Parks Department currently houses their equipment on Fennell Street, and this has made it challenging for the efficient operation of their department. The new plan calls for a utility building at Austin Park that will house all of their equipment and tools under one roof and provide a work area for the employees. Last year, we held several informational meetings to hear what our residents would like to see incorporated at the park and how they would like to see the pavilion used in the future...

For the full article read on!

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Beth Batlle

Remember These?...

  • Shepard Settlement School - District #4
  • Skaneateles Falls Methodist Church
  • The Mottville House
  • The Reese Pitman House
  • Fabin's Steak and Lobster House
  • Sid Hand House and Barn

Click here for the background and evolution of each of these structures!

*The photo above shows The Mottville House during the time when it was the Mottville Hotel.

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Hamlet Committee Updates

The Town of Skaneateles is excited to kick-off the planning process to develop “The Northern Hamlet Master Plan” - a long-range vision for the hamlets of Mottville and Skaneateles Falls. The plan was born out of the Town of Skaneateles Comprehensive Plan (2020), which identified the hamlets as an area for future growth and investment. We look forward to bringing hamlet residents and the Skaneateles community together to envision what our collective future will look like.

Read On...

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Parks Department

Sue Murphy

Online Registration & Reservation program has arrived!

The Town of Skaneateles rolled out a new online registration/reservation program. Reserving courts, fields, and park areas can be done from the comfort of your home. Signing up for a program? All the forms and waivers are online to make signing up or reserving so much easier. Visit www.townofskaneateles.com and click “Parks Reservations”.


Want to be in the know with the parks, waterfront, playday and farmers market? Sign up for the Town’s text messaging service. A text is sent out if there are changes, updates, immediate information that needs to be passed along. Text “Parks”, “Waterfront” or “Playday” to 855-685-2055 and sign up today!

Click HERE for updated times and dates for the returning Farmer's Market, opening of the swim area, Playday registration and more...

Summer Employment

We have various opportunities for employment as well; laborers, lifeguards and playday councilors. Click here to download an Application for Employment and submit to Sue Murphy at parks@townofskaneateles.com or 24 Jordan Street, Skaneateles, NY 13152.

Transfer Station

Brian Buff

Reminder, when using the Transfer Station...

  • No Bagged trash or cardboard in open top containers behind the recycling building. Any materials (sheetrock, insulation, etc.) that fit in a bag should go in the refuse compactors. Cardboard boxes should be emptied and properly recycled.
  • Inform a Transfer Station Employee when disposing of a mattress or tires. Limit of 12 tires and 2 mattresses applies for each household per year.
  • Entertainment electronics should be disposed in the electronics area of the refuse building. Food prep electronics should be disposed of in the scrap metal pile.
  • Styrofoam is disposed of in the trash compactor located in the refuse building.
  • No trash from outside of the Town
  • Speed limit 15 MPH, be cautious navigating through our community members and employees

If you are unsure, PLEASE ASK... we are here to help you!

Upcoming Transfer Station Events!

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Shred Event

Saturday, April 23rd

9:00am - 12:00pm

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Swap Shop Opening Day

Saturday, April 23rd

Item Drop Off: 9:00am-12:00pm

Hours: 9:00am-2:00pm

*Saturdays ONLY, weather permitting*

New location behind recycling building

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Water Department News

Please join us in welcoming Shane Christman to the Water Department. Shane is a Memphis native and is enjoying every second of the exhilarating world of water. Here is a photo of Shane working on a service repair on School Street last month. Shane recently attended the Spring conference for the American Water Works Association and will be attending water operator class next month. We are so excited to have Shane as part of the water team!

The water department will be starting to put hangers on doors for our anticipated inventory. When you receive one, please give us a call so we can set up an appointment to meet with you and check out your water meter.

Please call 315-729-3483 for water emergencies!

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Codes Enforcement

Bob Herrmann, CEO

May is Building Safety Month! This is an international campaign that is celebrated during the month of May to bring awareness to the importance of safe and sustainable structures. Our Codes office is always available to support our residents and building professionals with their building safety concerns or questions throughout the entire year.

Click here for more resources about Building Safety Month

Please Contact our office with any of your building or Codes questions 315-685-0833.


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Mike Maxwell, Sole Assessor

The Assessor’s Office will be sending out reassessment notices at the end of April. You will only receive a notice if there has been a change in your assessment. The Tentative Roll will be available for viewing at the Town Hall beginning May 1, 2022. Grievance Day is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24th from 4:00-8:00pm.

Click for dates and times to speak with the Assessor while he is sitting with the roll

If you have any questions about your assessment or the grievance process contact our office 315-685-0745

mmaxwell@townofskaneateles.com or kbenda@townofskaneateles.com

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Jerry Schinaman

Due to increased call volume and extended Emergency Room (ER) wait times, 2021 was a challenging year for SAVES. SAVES crews continue to respond to calls in neighboring ambulance districts and sometimes in the cities of Auburn and Syracuse. We have been responding to an average of 100 calls per month which is a significant increase in responses compared to past years. Although ER’s are busy, don’t hesitate to call an ambulance if you need assistance.

Click here for more important SAVES

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CPR Training

The Town Of Skaneateles would like to thank the great SAVES staff for their excellent First Aid instruction. Town employees had the opportunity to participate in our annual CPR/AED training in person once again!

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News from the Outreach Office

Jacque McConnaghy & Jean Babbles

The Outreach office is available for members of our community who are experiencing difficulties and need help navigating the road ahead. If you are a resident in the Town of Skaneateles or have a child in the Skaneateles School District and find that you need assistance, please contact our office for confidential help.

315-283-4281 or outreach@townofskaneateles.com

A reminder that the Outreach office manages a medical loan closet which has equipment for members of the community to borrow. If you are in need of crutches, wheelchairs, etc. check with us, we have a wide selection of items to borrow!

Office Hours: Tuesday 9:30am-11:00am & Thursday 6:30pm-7:30pm 

In conjunction with the Food Pantry hours, also available by appointment.

The Outreach programs are only made possible by the support of the community. If you would like to help, please mail your tax-deductible contributions to: 

Skaneateles Outreach 

24 Jordan Street

Skaneateles, NY 13152

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Dear Skaneateles Community,

The Skaneateles Ecumenical Food Pantry would like to thank Judy Gelston for her many years of service to the Pantry. Judy decided to retire as director from the Pantry after 13 years of dedicated service. The community is fortunate to have had Judy’s leadership in making the Pantry a valuable community resource. Judy took on the challenges of serving during COVID to keep the Pantry up and running over the last two years. We wish Judy well in her future.

The Pantry is a resource for those in the community that may be experiencing food insecurity providing food to qualifying households in the Skaneateles School District once a week. The hours of operation are Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:00 am and Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Located at 819 West Genesee Street in Skaneateles, the Pantry may be contacted by phone at (315) 685-5048 or by email at skanpantry@gmail.com. Follow us on our Facebook page: Skaneateles Food Pantry

As the Pantry moves forward and continues to serve our neighbors, we are always looking for volunteers. If you would like to help, please contact us by phone or email.


Skaneateles Ecumenical Food Pantry Board

Department Hours and Town Meetings

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Town Hall

Holiday Closings

May 30th - Memorial Day

June 20th - Observation of Juneteenth

Town Hall

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Transfer Station

Holiday Closings

Nothing at this time.

Watch our website for future closings.

Transfer Station

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday

7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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 
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2022 Free Fishing Dates

  • June 25th &26th
  • Sept. 24th
  • Nov. 11th

Click here for more Free Fishing Info!

Visit the DEC website for more information about fishing & hunting.


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Village of Skaneateles

26 Fennell Street


NY 13152



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Bike Donation Program

Spring cleaning? Kids outgrow last year's bicycle? Or does your ride need more TLC than you would like to give it?

Drop your bike at the Transfer Station!

Our volunteers will restore and rehome your bike for someone in need. Drop-off location is at the far end of the refuse building.

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Town Of Skaneateles

24 Jordan Street

Skaneateles, NY 13152

(315) 685-3473

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