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August 29, 2013

Proposed historic district divides community


Each private property owner has one vote regardless of how many properties or what part of a single property that party owns. For properties under multiple ownership, a majority of the owners must object — each gets a vote. 

Fifty-one percent of the vote is needed to object the project. To date there are 475 property owners listed within the proposed historic district. The list was requested through the Otsego County Real Property Office, according to LaFrank. If more property owners come forward, they will need to be added, she said.

Notarized letters of disagreement need to be sent to LaFrank at P.O. Box 189, Waterford, NY 12188-0189. Although a deadline date of Sept. 19 was previously set and disputed a few times throughout the meeting, LaFrank said objections can be made up until the day of listing.

Freeland said the board made an arrangement with SHPO representatives at a 3 p.m. workshop meeting Tuesday to “help manage and control” the registration process. The goal, he said, is to make sure things are done fairly and to make sure everyone gets the time they need.

Freeland said he is going to introduce a resolution at the next town board meeting, which will be Tuesday.

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