Town board moves Gothic Cottage renovation project forward

Authorizes request for qualifications from architectural and preservation firms

— A timeline for the project includes a walk-through of the Gothic Cottage for interested firms, the submittal of qualifications and proposals, board discussion time, pricing negotiation time between the board and the selected firm and public hearings to obtain community input. The final, physical work on the cottage will not begin until September 2013 at the earliest, according to the RFQ timeline.

The Request for Qualifications will be available for public viewing on the town website beginning April 15.

Also at the meeting:

—The board approved the sale of two 2007 snow plow trucks, each at a price of $110,000. These sale prices will go toward purchasing two new replacement plow trucks.

— The board approved the purchase of a 2014 snow plow/ dump truck, which can also be used as a brine applicator during winter, for $213,178.

— The board approved the sale of a John Deere loader for $151,300, which was $6,300 more than officials expected to receive from the sale.

—Supervisor Ralph Monforte commented on the “great presentation” of the Cazenovia Arts and Heritage Alliance on April 3 at which the group released the results of its economic impact study of the arts and culture industry in Cazenovia. Monforte said the board would discuss the project and the CAHA’s request for municipal support at the regular May town board meeting.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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