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Exemption renewal forms are due to the Assessor's Office

March 1, 2023

Winter 2023 Newsletter

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March 1, 2023

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Julie Stenger

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Julie Stenger, Town Clerk

Town of Skaneateles

24 Jordan Street

Skaneateles, NY 13152

(315) 685-3473




Janet Aaron

For years the Town has been working to try to find ways to deliver public water to residents who even after digging several wells on their property, still don’t have enough water to supply the daily needs of their families. In addition, the Onondaga County Health Department notified the Town that the supply of public water on the West side of Town does not meet their fire flow requirements. This has delayed the progress of commercial projects on the West side of Town. The Water Department is not funded by tax dollars. We have just under 1,000 water customers who have to pay for the operation and maintenance of our Water Department. The Town purchases water from the Village of Skaneateles but maintains the infrastructure of our water system. Over the years we have tried to find grant funding to support building a water tower to meet the fire flow requirements and to extend the water district to residents on Andrews and County Line Roads. The spring of 2022 provided such an opportunity and we worked with John Camp at C & S Engineers to apply for funding through the NYS Water Infrastructure Improvement and Intermunicipal Grant program. 

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History of Skaneateles

Beth Batlle

Town Historian

 During the Revolutionary War, the area that was to become Skaneateles was a wilderness, covered with trees and thick underbrush, and a lake populated by geese, herons, and ducks. Indian trails passed through, some leading along the west shore of the lake where the native Americans camped while they fished and hunted during the summer months. In 1750 a small group of Moravian missionaries had come through, noting that the waters of the lake were fresh and cold and emptied into a creek with a swift current. They found dense forests made up of hemlock, ash, and white cedar. At the end of the Revolutionary War, the government surveyed the land in central New York, dividing it into tracts of land that would be used to pay the military men for their service in the war as promised. Marcellus was one of these military tracts. Read More

News from the Mottville Fire Department

Mike Baker, Chief of Fire


The MVFD responded to 313 alarms in 2022.

Thank you to all members!


Our elected officers this year are as follows:

 Chief Mike Baker, Deputy Chief Don Estes, Assistant Chief Tim Atwater, Safety Officer Al Klimek, Captain Collin Bales, Lieutenant Jake Fey, Lieutenant Eric Andrews, Fire Police Captain Joe D'Arrigo.


Our corporate officers are:

President Mike Pitman, Vice President Chris Wagner, Secretary Heidi Oney, Assistant Secretary Larry VanHoltz, Treasurer Sarah Musso, Trustee Rick Brewer, Trustee Collin Bales, Trustee Devin Harrigan, Director Chris Soprano, Historian Robin Percy. 

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 Mottville Fire Company Inc. firefighters Austin Sheldon (front) and Abbie Bales (rear) battle a vehicle fire on Vinegar Hill Road on Friday, January 27th, 2023. Photo Credit: Evan Whitney

Dates and events to look out for...

  • Pancake Breakfasts (April & September)
  • Golf Tournament (August)
  •  Ranger Raffle - 9/30/23 (Tickets for new ticket buyers go on sale in April) 

We are always looking for new members!

 Fire Fighters, Corporate members, EMS members, and RAM members (15-17 year old). 

Anyone can stop by the station Monday nights after 6:30pm to get information or an application. 

News from the Outreach Office

Jacque McConnaghy & Jean Babbles

We would like to thank everyone in the community that supported our Holiday Basket Program this year. We had nearly 40 families with close to 100 children that got to enjoy the magic of the season because of this community's generosity. A special thank you to the Rotary Club, the festive fundraising dinner was a huge success, and we are grateful for their donation. We would like to thank the many individuals and groups who made donations, adopted families, dropped off toys, stocking stuffers, gift cards and gas cards. It is only through the community’s support that we can assist those in need not only during the holidays but the whole year through. Read More

Codes Enforcement

Bob Herrmann, CEO


Can your House Number Be Quickly Located in an Emergency?

When seconds count, it is crucial that emergency responders can quickly locate your home. House numbers should be easily found, seen, and read from the street. Day and night!


Per NYS Fire Code Section 505- Premises Identification, all buildings, new and existing, shall be provided with approved address identification.


  • Arabic numbers shall be used - Each character shall be no less than 4" in height, with a minimum stroke width of 1/2"

  • Numbering shall be legible and visible from the street/road fronting the property.

  • Placed against a contrasting background.

  •  If access is by means of private road or building cannot be seen from the public way, a structure such as a pole, monument, or other sign shall be used to identify address.

Please Contact our office with any of your Building or Codes questions.



Jerry Schinaman

The only thing more tragic than a death is a death that could have been prevented. After a long delay due to COVID, CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) classes have resumed. Classes are offered on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a completion card from the American Heart Association. First Aid classes are also offered as needed. Techniques for controlling traumatic bleeding are included in the First Aid course.

Call SAVES, 315-685-5217, for more information or to sign-up. There is a $50 fee for these classes. We are always looking for volunteer members. If you may be interested in volunteering, or you are not sure, stop in and see us. Personnel are always willing to conduct a tour of our facilities and discuss volunteering opportunities.

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News from the Ecumenical

Food Pantry

Cindy Gadra

New this spring

• We’re excited to share our new logo included here; retaining the original logo with color!

• A sandwich board will be posted on the corner of Genesee St and Transportation Dr to make it easier for new clients and donors to find us.

• The Marietta Bible Church Mobile Pantry is available the third Tuesday of the month and the Salvation Army in Auburn has a food giveaway the second Monday of the month. No paperwork is required.

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News from the Parks Department

Sue Murphy


Just some Park reminders...

❖ Please clean up after your pets at all parks. If the winter continues to be mild, sport teams, once again, will be in the park and pet waste is NOT appreciated. There are plenty of mutt mitts available for use.

❖ No riding bikes on the tennis courts, baseball/softball fields.

❖ There may be some closures around the Parks for repairs, please watch for cones and/or vehicles on the path. We try to do the repairs as fast as we can so not to inconvenience anyone, but sometimes it is unavoidable.

❖ Driving around the Austin Park Track is prohibited. Only service or emergency vehicles are permitted.

❖ 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 that are changes, updates, immediate information that needs to be passed

Go to and sign up today!

❖ 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 all online to make signing up or reserving so much easier.

Department Hours and Town Meetings

Town Hall

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday

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

Transfer Station

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday

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

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Village of Skaneateles

26 Fennell Street

Skaneateles, NY 13152


Monthly Town Hall Meetings

Town Board

6:30 p.m. 1st & 3rd Mondays

Planning Board

6:30 p.m. 3rd Tuesday

Zoning Board of Appeals

6:30 p.m. 1st Tuesday

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Town Of Skaneateles

24 Jordan Street

Skaneateles, NY 13152

(315) 685-3473

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