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The Gothic Cottage, built in 1847, is in need of structural renovations. Whether the town board decides to upgrade and possibly even build an addition to the building to better house the town offices will depend on the plan ultimately proposed by the architectural form selected for the work. The board will discuss the issue at its Aug. 12 meeting.

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Town board interviews potential architects for Gothic Cottage renovation project

Discussions take place behind closed doors despite supervisor’s objection

The Cazenovia Town Board last week interviewed the three final architectural firm candidates for the planned renovation work to the Gothic Cottage to get a sense of which firm may be the best fit for the town’s project. The interviews, which lasted about an hour each, were closed to the public and the press by a split vote of the board, although board members said they plan to discuss the issue publicly at their next regular monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 12. While the board’s decision to take the interviews into executive session was in accordance with the New York State Open Meetings Law, the way in which the action was taken violated that law by not detailing the specific reason(s) for the executive session, according to the state Committee on Open Government.

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