Cazenovia Town Supervisor Liz Moran had urged residents to attend this past monthly meeting on Monday July 9, and about 40 showed up in order to be heard regarding a referendum to change the highway superintendent position from being an elected official to being an appointed one. Further, a petition with 55 collected signatures, all in favor of the referendum, was presented at the meeting. In response, the town board voted unanimously to schedule a special public hearing at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 in the community room at the Cazenovia Public Library.
"Send in letters or e-mail to the town board about this proposal," said Moran in the June 20 edition of The Republican. "I want people to be able to vote on this in November."
The town board will take a vote at the end of the Aug. 23 public hearing on whether to put the issue before the public as a referendum to be voted on in November.
"I'm pleased that the citizens of Caz will be able to think carefully about this issue and give us their feedback," Moran said.
Though most in attendance agreed that a referendum was appropriate, there were some in the crowd making noise contending such an idea. It was suggested to gather up those of like mind and show up at the August meeting.
The issue of appointed versus elected came up when Moran and former highway superintendent Gary Stowell had differences of opinion regarding the disposal of possibly hazardous waste material collected after the demolition of the old town highway garage. The material was used as fill in different places around town. When a few droplets of a petroleum-type substance was found in a waterway near where the fill was used to shore up a rain-deluged incline on Stone Quarry Road, the DEC was anonymously contacted.