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Cazenovia College returns to village planning board for latest fence request

Application ruled incomplete, asked to revise for January

— Planning Board Chair Rich Huftalen said the board’s decision to call the college application incomplete was due to college submitting the “short form” State Environmental Quality Review Act paperwork regarding the project, when what was necessary was the SEQR “long form.” The long form was necessary because the board determined the project to be a Type 1 action under SEQR because the construction would be contiguous to a designated historic zone.

“We as a board determined the application wasn’t complete and asked them to fill out the long form and bring it back next month,” Huftalen said.

Also at the meeting, college representative Susan Berger broached the subject of planning board member Jennifer Gavilondo recusing herself from voting on the project due to the fact that she is a direct neighbor to the planned fence and her husband, Carlos Gavilondo, has been a vocal opponent of the project from the beginning. The college has brought up this possible conflict of interest for Gavilondo in the past.

Gavilondo said during the meeting that she intends to recuse herself from the issue.

This latest meeting comes nearly two months after a state supreme court judge ruled that Cazenovia College must undergo a full site plan review for its proposed fence project rather than be issued a simple building permit as the college sought. It also comes one month after the college filed a notice of appeal with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York seeking redress for part of State Supreme Court Judge Donald F. Cerio, Jr.’s Oct. 22 decision.

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

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