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County highway department interested in fate of Fenner building

— Christenson does not want the building torn down, however, so discussions are continuing. Christenson may attend the town board’s August meeting to discuss the issue, Carey said. In the meantime, “the county wants to be informed before we do any resolution,” Carey told the board.

Also at the meeting, the board agreed to reduce the number of members of its board of assessment review from five to three. Fenner is the only town in the county whose board of assessment review has five members, “and you know we can’t fill it,” Carey said. There are currently four members on the Fenner BAR and one vacancy.

Carey suggested that the town board reduce the size of the board of assessment review to three, although “that isn’t as easy as it sounds.” Under the law, the town cannot simply reduce the number of seats but must wait until a member’s term of office expires and then remove the seat from the board.

Because one of the board’s seats expires in September, Carey proposed that the town board draft a resolution for a new local law to reduce the size of the board of assessment review to four members and have a public hearing on the issue at the board’s next regular meeting, scheduled for Aug. 8. The town board, minus Councilor William Wester who was absent, unanimously approved the action.

When another seat on the BAR expires in 2014, Carey proposed that the board undertake the same procedure of not filling the seat: write a new local law to reduce the board to three members, call a public hearing and then vote on the law.

At its June meeting, the town board unanimously approved the reappointment of Rhonda Weigand as town assessor for another six-year term to run from Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2018.

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

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