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

— The councilors will reduce the number of applications to their top three or four choices and bring those firms in for interviews in the near future, Moran said.

Also at the meeting, the board:

—Authorized the purchase of 88 benthic mats to be used in its new benthic mat rental program. The authorization included an emendation of the original plan approval because the town had to switch mat providers, which also changed the size of the mats available for rental from 12.5-by-50 feet each to 12.5-by-20 feet each. Because of the reduction in mat size, the board also purchased a greater number of mats. The weed-prevention mats, which can be used by lakeside homeowners to clear boating lanes from their docks to the middle of the lake, are currently available for rental by calling Barbara Howland at 655-9541. The cost is $50 per mat, which includes installation, removal, pickup and storage by the town.

—Approved the use of Wright Road as part of the Skanta Equine Little Moe 5K walk/run fundraiser to benefit SPCA Equine Rescue on Sept. 14.

—Approved a request from St. James church to hold its annual parish picnic on the town green on Saturday, Aug. 17.

—Authorized the town supervisor to submit an application for state community block grant funding of $156,000 on behalf of the Empire Brewing Company for its planned farmstead brewery project. The board also held a public hearing concerning the grant application on June 24.

—Approved an inter-municipal agreement to allow the town to run a boat patrol on Cazenovia Lake. In previous years the town had signed the same agreement with Madison County, which previously ran the patrols.

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

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