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Dispatch Citizen’s Advisory Committee
In January 2007, the Town and Village Boards jointly formed the Citizens Advisory Committee on Dispatch Services (DCAC) to discuss and make advisory recommendations on the most cost-effective and responsive way of providing:

Emergency dispatch services;
Inter & intra-departmental communications & non-emergency dispatch services
Emergency and critical parameter monitoring of facilities and systems
Citizen information & notification services, including the non-governmental volunteer organizations that serve the community.
In arriving at its recommendations, DCAC is examining not only current Village dispatch services provided to meet both Town and Village needs, but also reasonable service and technology options, paying particular attention to opportunities and issues that may arise within the next 5-10 years.  Initially the DCAC is gathering information through group and individual member visits and discussions with, at minimum, the Skaneateles Dispatch Center, the Onondaga County 911 Center, and another local community which takes an alternate approach to providing comprehensive services.  There will also be a series of open meetings to assess dispatch service user needs & requirements, technology options and challenges, and community views.   The final phase will be to wrap up its deliberations, formulate its report, and make recommendations in the Spring. 

Posted: Thursday, April 12th, 2007 @ 3:33 pm by Curt
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Skaneateles Communications Center
Supervisor Phil Tierney

The Skaneateles Communications Center, commonly
known as the dispatch center, has served the Town and
the Village with distinction for many years operating as
an entity within the Skaneateles Fire Department. The
relocation of the fire department to a new station currently
under construction prompted some changes by
the Village that led to a review of the status of the center
as an economically and technologically viable operation
given the advances in communications and the
County 911 system. Some people voiced the concern
that the dispatch center was redundant as a 24/7 emergency
response service.
In response to these concerns, the Town and Village
appointed a joint task force to review the issue. The
task force is composed of two Town representatives:
Doreen Simmons and Christine Buff; two Village representatives:
Kathryn Carlson and Lee Buttolph; and a
joint Town and Village representative: John Paddock,
who serves as the chair of the task force. This group of…

want to know more? Go to Phil’s article at Town Of Skaneateles

Posted: Thursday, April 12th, 2007 @ 3:25 pm by Curt
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Carpenters Brook Fish Hatchery

Volunteers are needed to help stock fish. If you can
help or know of someone who might
be available please follow the instructions
Call Carpenters Brook Fish Hatchery
at 689-9367.
Call between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30
If there is no response you will get a voice mail.
Leave your name & a call back number and they will
call you.

Posted: Thursday, April 12th, 2007 @ 2:56 pm by Curt
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An Early Dress Maker
Beth Batlle, Town Historian
In the 1870′s, dressmaking, along with millinery,
was the fourth most important occupation
for women in the United States. Few
dressmakers became wealthy. However, these
two businesses did allow women to maintain a certain
position of independence.
Ellen Lee Jewell was such dressmaker. She was born in
Devonshire, England in 1842. At the age of 23, she married
Samuel Jewell. Shortly after their wedding, the couple
left their homeland, came to this country and settled in
Skaneateles. Eventually they made their home at #8
Onondaga Street in Skaneateles, a two family house built
by Samuel and his brother, James. Ellen’s profits might
have been a welcome compliment to her carpenter husband’s
When a woman in Skaneateles wanted a new dress…

want to read more? The Article continues at The Town of Skaneateles

Posted: Thursday, April 12th, 2007 @ 2:50 pm by Curt
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The new SAVES building on Fennell Street is progressing
on schedule. Thanks to the generosity of members
of the community, funds were available and the
building construction was begun sooner than
expected. The exterior of the building has taken shape
and interior work is almost complete. Follow the construction
on the SAVES website
A May opening is planned. We will be offering members
of the community an opportunity to tour the building
when it is finished.
Call volume during the most recent quarter was about
the same as last year. The annual total for 2006 was up
over one year ago continuing the trend toward increasing
responses to emergencies in the community.
We welcome Steve Casper as our newest driver.
Steve has completed the internal driver training and
will be assuming regular driving duties. Jake Carlson
has been attending Paramedic training classes and will
be completing his certification later this year.
The opening of the new building promises to provide
an exciting 2007 to members of the SAVES family. We
wish all of you a happy and safe summer.

Posted: Thursday, April 12th, 2007 @ 2:45 pm by Curt
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