Cassadaga board swears in officials, reduces tax rate

CASSADAGA – The new Cassadaga Village Board is now in place. Village Clerk Roxanne Astry swore in the officials at the last board meeting.

Michael Lehnen returned as trustee and LeeAnn Lazarony as mayor. Jeffrey Frick, rejoins the board. He did not seek re-election in 2011, but decided to run this year. Trustee Valerie Culverwell, who was not up for re-election, is now deputy mayor.

Trustee Ronald DeChard also was not up for election but is part of the board.

Angel Martin was sworn in as deputy clerk.

Lazarony welcomed Frick back to the board. Frick said, “I look forward to working with the board.”

Commenting on the new board, Lazarony said, “We’ve worked out the bugs and it should go smoothly.”

Lehnen joked, “We’re still a little buggy.”

The board also held a budget hearing. No members of the public attended. The tax rate was decreased to $3.85 per thousand. Previously it was $4.10 per thousand.

Significant additions to the budget include: an increase in building contractual by $35,000 to deal with improvements to the fire department/village office, an increase in the celebrations of $3,000, some of which will go to the effort to return Labor Day celebrations to their former stature; an allocation of $5,000 for the library now that efforts to refurbish it have started; an increase of $2,000 for the summer beach personnel but a decrease of $2,000 for beach repairs; and the addition of a line for care of the ball fields for $4,000.

Lazarony noted the efforts to plan a celebration for Labor Day have begun. County Legislator John Runkle will be the parade marshal. The planning committee is holding a meeting on April 18 at 7 to 8 p.m. in the village offices. She encouraged anyone interested in helping to attend the meeting.

Valerie Culverwell noted that an advertisement for beach personnel had been placed in the OBSERVER. She said those interested in applying for the job should go to the village’s website (, print a blank application and fill it out. Applications must be received by May 31.

DeChard asked that anyone who is interested in contributing old pictures of the village for the website contact him. He can be contacted through the village website.

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