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Town board makes annual appointments for 2014

Creates Gothic Cottage Advisory Committee, begins process for potential lake chemical treatment

— The Cazenovia Town Board — all members dressed in business casual attire in accordance with the new dress code — last week made its organizational appointments for the coming year and took action on a number of town issues, including the creation of a Gothic Cottage Advisory Committee.

The Jan. 13 meeting was the first regular board meeting of 2014 and the first assembly of the newly constituted board after the November elections. Former Councilor Bill Zupan assumed his new role as town supervisor; Councilor Kristi Andersen started a new term of office after being reelected last year, while Thomas Driscoll was appointed to fill Zupan’s vacant board seat. Councilor Pat Race, also beginning a new term on the board after reelection last year, was absent for health reasons.

“I’m still getting my feet on the ground. I hope everybody bears with me,” Zupan said during the meeting.

While the board had a full agenda on Jan. 13, one of its main actions was to approve the annual organizational appointments for the town government. The appointments were nearly identical to those made in 2013, and some of the major appointments made were: Tim Hunt as town highway superintendent, John Langey as town attorney, Roger Cook as zoning and codes enforcement officer, Elizabeth Merrill as bookkeeper and Barbara Howland as secretary to the town supervisor and water districts collector.

The town board meeting schedule will remain at 7:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month, except during October and November, which are the first Monday of the month due to state budgetary requirements; board work sessions will continue to be held the Wednesday preceding the monthly meeting day.

One of the few changes made was the appointment of Susan Wightman as first deputy town clerk, planning and zoning clerk, planning board secretary and ZBA secretary. The board also changed the amount of mileage reimbursement for town employees from 48.5 center per mile to be “in accord with the current federal standard of reimbursement,” which is approximately 56 cents per mile.

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