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Town approves aquatic plant survey to assess need for future chemical treatment in lake

Also at the meeting, the board:

—Adopted the negative findings in the State Environmental Quality Review concerning the village’s annexation of 18 acres of state wetland on Route 20 at the south end of the lake. The board’s approval allows the village to finalize annexation, which it approved at its Sept. 2 meeting.

—Changed its monthly meeting dates from the second to the first Mondays in October and November due to budget adoption processes. The new meeting dates will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4.

—Authorized the town supervisor to execute a lease on a new multi-purpose truck with equipment that will be used as a brine applicator in winter, a spare dump truck and spare plow truck. The truck purchase was approved by the town board last April at a cost of $213,178. That cost was offset by the sale of two town plow trucks at $110,000 each.

—Scheduled a public hearing to discuss a proposed local law to allow the town to exceed the state Real Property Tax Levy Limit for the 2014 town budget. No municipality can exceed the 2 percent tax levy limit without approving a local law allowing it to do so. Councilor Kristi Andersen said the board has “no intention” of exceeding the tax cap but approving the law is a prudent action to take. Monforte agreed and said the board is “playing it safe” by pursuing the law. “This is just part of the process,” he said.

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

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