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Town board makes annual appointments for 2014

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

— Town board member committee assignments were similar to 2013. Race, who was also appointed deputy supervisor by Zupan, will be liaison to the highway department, south cemetery and water districts; Andersen will be liaison to planning and zoning, CACDA, shared services, Cazenovia Advisory Conservation Commission and the future of the town office; Councilor Liz Moran will be liaison to future of the town office and lake watershed; Driscoll will be liaison to lake watershed, senior recreation and joint youth recreation, state police, parks, New Woodstock Fire Department and high impact industrial use zoning.

Appointed chairs of the town’s municipal boards were Michael Palmer for planning board, Chris Fischer for ZBA and Damian Vanetti for CACC. Two new municipal board members were appointed as well, including Robert Ridler to a five-year term on the Board of Assessment Review and Tara Hartley to a two-year term on the CACC.

In addition to unanimously approving the annual appointments, the board also held a public hearing on, and then approved, the first new local law of 2014 to authorize municipal purchasing based on best value. The law allows the town to purchase goods and services not based on lowest price alone, but also based on other factors as well including lowest cost of maintenance, durability, higher quality and longer product life, Hunt said.

The board also unanimously adopted a new town procurement policy, which, among other things, allows the town to choose not to put items out for public bidding if the items cost under a certain dollar amount. The policy also allows the town to “piggyback” purchases through bids solicited from other towns or villages, Langey said.

One of the major issues facing the town board in 2014 will be the future of the town office — whether to completely renovate and update the Gothic Cottage, partially improve it or possibly even move the town office to a new location. Moran has been in charge of this process since last year, and announced the formation of a Gothic Cottage Citizens Advisory Committee.

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