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Town clerk position change from elected to appointed will go to public referendum

— The Cazenovia Town Board has approved a resolution to change the current position of town clerk from an elected office to an appointed one. The change will not become town law unless and until town voters approve the action in a referendum scheduled to be on the ballot during the November town elections.

The change was originally brought up at the board’s May 13 regular meeting, and a public hearing scheduled for the board’s June 10 regular meeting. Only one member of the public was present at the public hearing and did not speak. The board then unanimously approved the resolution changing the town clerk to an appointed position, subject to voter approval through referendum.

The board previously approved a resolution to extend the term of office for town supervisor from two to four years. That measure will also be on the November ballot as a public referendum.

The other major issue update at the board’s June 10 meeting concerned the future of the Gothic Cottage. Councilor Liz Moran said the town had received a number of responses to its Request for Qualifications from architectural and preservation firms interesting in working on the town’s project to renovate the Gothic Cottage.

The Gothic Cottage, built in 1847 as a home for Henry Ten Eyck and his wife Elizabeth, needs a total reconstruction of the interior to make it a more functional and user-friendly workplace and public meeting area. The renovation project will include exterior and surface repairs to the roof, walls and windows, as well as improved office and public meeting areas, records storage, air conditioning and heating, electrical capability and handicapped accessibility.

The town board decided in February to officially move forward with renovation plans, and issued the RFQ on April 15.

Moran said the RFQ’s the town received were all “very interesting,” and came from firms from New York City, Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse. She said she had created matrixes for board members to use when considering each application, which the board planned to do at its next scheduled work session.

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