New trustees pack the house, student honored at village board meeting
By Willie Kiernan
The Cazenovia Village Trustees held their monthly meeting on Monday July 2 and all the seats were taken. Well-wishers were on hand to officially congratulate the two new trustees, Tom Tait and Russ Brownback.
"I want to congratulate both Tom Tait and Russ Brownback for their recent victories," Said Mayor Tom Dougherty. "There are no words to express to Dave Vredenburgh our gratitude for his recent years in office. And a special thanks to Barb Bennett for stepping in and taking over when Troy Waffner stepped down."
After all the back slapping, Dougherty, Brownback and Tait were sworn into office for the next two years by Judge James Ryan. Dougherty had run unopposed in this past June election.
With the new village board in order, commissions were doled out. Assistant Mayor Paul Brooks was put in charge of police and fire departments. Kurt Wheeler heads buildings and sidewalks. Brownback will take on water and sewer. Tait is in charge of parks and recreation.
In their first chances in office, Tait stated that he wanted to introduce a tree commission while Brownback requested, and was granted through a resolution vote, funds from the village and town to pay for the mapping of the boundaries of the aquifer.
Resolution for scholar
In a surprise that was not listed in the village agenda printed in this paper the previous week, Mayor Dougherty introduced a resolution drafted by resident Dan Marvin to recognize and honor the Cazenovia High School Valedictorian Beezly Kiernan for leading his academic decathlon team to the nationals for three years and for competing in Korea as an American All-Star. His team won in Korea and he returned with the highest individual score at the first official World Scholar's Cup.