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Town chooses Syracuse-based firm as Gothic Cottage architectural consultant

— Moran said that HKK will now embark on Phase 1 of the project, which will be to conduct a buildings needs assessment, current assessment, viability assessment, development of alternative project costs and, ultimately, public input. “We need to have all the numbers before we know what the solution is,” she said.

Moran said moving into Phase 2 of the project will require a separate authorization from the town board.

There were two comments from members of the public during the meeting, one which opposed extensive changes to the Gothic Cottage so as to avoid possibly ruining its historic value and integrity, while the second comment supported continued ownership and upgrading of the building by the municipality as a way to protect the building through responsible stewardship.

Monforte said the public will have ample opportunity to comment on the project as it moves forward. “There will be no quick decisions here,” he said.

Also at the meeting, the board:

—Appointed Susan Wightman as a full-time office clerk at a salary of $15.09 per hour beginning Sept. 4.

—Appointed Brian Fitts as sole assessor for the town of Cazenovia for a term of six years.

—Approved two new local laws to designate Barrett and Fairbanks roads as minimum maintenance roads. The minimum maintenance designation allows a municipality to save money by preventing the need for impractical or unnecessary levels of maintenance. Both laws were passed after the board held public hearings on each proposal.

—Approved a new town procurement policy, which is similar to the previous law but now has higher statutory limits, said Town Attorney John Langey.

—Approved a request to use a portion of Ridge Road for the “Two Smiles, One Hope” 19- and 39-mile bike races in support of muscular dystrophy.

—Approved a request for the use of portions of certain town roads for the 2014 Pumpkin Run on Oct. 27. The run is a fundraiser for the Cazenovia High School Class of 2014.

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

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