Nelson establishes historic structures survey and registry

— The proposal included the 48 properties recognized in the 2002 survey as being on the registry and allows the board to add or remove properties to the survey in the future as it sees fit.

“I believe there is a place for this in Nelson,” Bradstreet said. “I’m in favor; I see no reason to oppose it.”

Councilor John Laubscher said he was concerned that the creation of the registry may prompt owners of structures listed as historically significant to demand code exemptions and other “privileges” even if the building was so dilapidated that any attempts to repair or re-use it would not be feasible.

Councilor Mike Costello said the registry would only make such properties eligible to be considered for code exemptions, but the actual exemptions would be reviewed and decided by the town planning board, zoning board and codes officer.

“This is us saying some properties can be considered historic; it doesn’t mean they will be,” Bradsreet said.

The board voted unanimously to approve the resolution.

Also at the meeting, the board:

—Heard from Highway Superintendent Jack Sevier that the town will receive an additional $15,396 in Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) money from the state as part of an “extended winter recovery” fund.

—Reappointed Costello to serve on the Madison County Sewer Board.

—Reminded town residents to register their dogs at the town office if they have not already done so.

—Agreed that the town of Nelson will not hold a town clean-up day this year as it has done in past years because the town is close enough to the Cazenovia Transfer Station that residents can drop-off their trash there.

—Approved a request from the Erieville Fire Department to use the Erieville Ball Field on Aug. 3 for a chicken barbecue.

—Reminded residents that May 4 to 11 is Madison County Buy Local Week, and encouraged everyone to shop locally not just during that week but as often as possible because it not only helps local businesses but also helps all county taxpayers.

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

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