Town of Mentz, Cayuga County, New York

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The Town of Mentz will hold a SPECIAL MEETING on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at 7:00 PM at the Mentz Town Hall, 14 Sponable Drive, Port Byron NY at 7 PM.  

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the pending Fire Contract and any other business that may arise

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The Town of Mentz will hold a PUBLIC HEARING on December 20, 2022, at the Mentz Town Offices, 14 Sponable Drive, Port Byron, NY at 7:05 PM.

The purpose of this meeting is to establish a local law Establishing a Local Government Code Enforcement Program

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The Mentz Planning Board needs three (3) members. If you are interested, please submit your letter of intent to the Town Clerk, 14 Sponable Drive, Port Byron, NY 13140DSCN9639

Anyone interested in purchasing a memorial brick for $30.00,

please contact the Town of Mentz office at 315-776-8692.

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The Town of Mentz is located in Central Cayuga County, New York. The town was formed in 1802 as the "Town of Jefferson" from the town of Aurelius while still part of Onondaga County. In 1808, it assumed its current name. 

The first permanent settlers arrived in 1810, although others had attempted to settle the area previously.

In 1837, the community of Port Byron set itself apart from Mentz by incorporating as a village.

The Erie Canal was moved to include the Seneca River in 1856.

In 1859, part of the town was used to form the towns of Montezuma and Throop.    

 There are a number of people who can trace their roots back to Port Byron or who settled here for a while. Before he was a leader of the Mormon faith, Brigham Young lived here in the early 1830s. He was a painter and builder. One of the early buildings he lived in still exists on Pine Street. Henry Wells of "Wells Fargo" fame also lived here in the early 1830s. We can trace Isaac Singer of sewing machine fame here in 1837.     Opera singer Richard Bonelli was born here as Jacob Bunn.

The New York State Thruway (interstate 90) crosses the town, following along the original path of the Erie Canal. New York State Route 31 (east-west) crosses New York State Route 38 at Port Byron.

Coordinates: 43°2′25″N 76°37′44″W

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