Cayuga County Council Loses Its Charter

Brother Andrew had previously provided a link to the proposed merger of Cayuga County Council and Hiawatha Seaway Council.

He sends along another to an article in the Auburn Citizen which states:

Boy Scouts in Cayuga County may be reporting to a Boy Scouts of America council in a neighboring county in the future instead of the Cayuga County Council, even though no merger took place.

The national council did not renew the Cayuga County Council’s charter when it expired June 30, Director of the Northeast Area Steven Smith said this week. The national organization no longer recognizes the council and directed the regional branch to reassign all of the scouting units to the Hiawatha Seaway Council,

It sounds like things are getting ugly…

The regional council called for a merger because the Cayuga County Council has too few units, Smith said. An approval from both councils to merge would have provided a seamless process for the disillusionment of the Cayuga County Council, he added.

But it appears that did not happen. In a transaction filed with the county last week, Charles Bouley Jr., Michael Ferro and Walter Love, listed as trustees, took ownership of the headquarters at 7235 Mutton Hill Road, Sennett, acquiring it from the council for $1.

and further…

Cayuga County Council board President Don Beardsley said there is a “legal question” regarding the council and that a band of people are working on establishing their own council, but he would not comment further because of “legal implications.”

Watch this space for more as it becomes available.

Thanks to Brother Andrew for the pointer.

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“I have no ambition to govern men. It is a painful and thankless office.” –Thomas Jefferson

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6 Comments

  1. Greg Pioppi says:

    “The regional council called for a merger because the Cayuga County Council has too few units, Smith said.”

    Kind of a funny reason since if my memory serves me right, there is a small council out California way, either near L.A. or San Fransisco that only encompasses a five or so square mile area that only has eight cub packs and troops.

    I liked stopping in at Cayuga’s office as I drove through Upstate on my NY sweeps for work. Nice group of people.

  2. John Pannell says:

    Greg is referring Piedmont Council, in California. There is also a Piedmont Council in North Carolina that’s significantly larger!

    The council in California is in a very wealthy area. The New York council was presumably not awash in cash.

    One of the commenters on the Auburn Citizen website has already displayed a glaring lack of knowledge about this, jumping to a completely unsubstantiated allegation.

  3. Bro. AJK says:

    Dear John,

    I agree with your assessments. Cayuga County is rural.

    Still, where does the territory go? I would say, logically, since FLC has now merged and I doubt Geneva will be developed into more than a field office, Syracuse is the best choice. Or does it get divided, like Seneca County is, with the southern units joined to Binghamton?

    Having been an older youth when Genesee Council merged with Lewiston Trail Council, I understood the heartache that comes from the merger. Yet, good does come from it. I doubt Genesee could have survived much longer, even though it was not running a debt. I understood Lewiston Trail was running a debt. For Scouting in those five counties, it was best to merge.

  4. Glenn Chase says:

    “The regional council called for a merger because the Cayuga County Council has too few units, Smith said. An approval from both councils to merge would have provided a seamless process for the disillusionment of the Cayuga County Council, he added.”

    Disillusionment?

    I’m guessing the actual statement was “dissolution” and an automated spellchecker decided to help out.

    I’m guessing the Cayuga County Council is plenty disillusioned, though.

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