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Skaneateles moves forward on project to replace Austin Park bathroom

The town of Skaneateles voted to move forward and explore options to replace the bathrooms at Austin Park, housed in a 1960 building last updated in 1993, during a regular meeting Monday night.

“It’s just outlived its usefulness,” said Gene Laforte, the labor crew leader for the town’s Parks Department. “We get a lot of favorable comments on the park, we don’t get any favorable comments on the bathroom facilities.”

Supervisor Janet Aaron said the building “has several deficiencies,” including not being handicap accessible, an electrical panel being inside the women’s stall area and all the infrastructure such as piping being housed inside the cement walls. The plumbing has seen better days, Laforte added, and water comes up through the floor – which is cracked.

The town took over ownership of Austin Park from the village of Skaneateles December 2017, Aaron said, and “the condition of that (bathroom) facility right now is kind of an embarrassment.” The town began working toward getting a new bathroom, that also included a storage area and first aid room, in August 2016 with help of an $80,000 grant secured with the help of former state Sen. John DeFrancisco’s office.

The town board at that time didn’t go forward with the project because the original quotes for a new building came in at more than $300,000, said David Badami, who was on the town board at that time.

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