Caz residents want answers

Village and town boards close public hearing on annexation.

In another standing room only meeting upstairs at the municipal building, village and town residents expressed their concerns by reading letters, arguing philosophy or just asking questions about details that have yet to be addressed. Petitions were presented to the boards as well as polls with results showing 10 to 1 against. After granting extra days for the public hearing preceding the Route 20 annexation vote, the Cazenovia Town and Village Boards have 90 days to make their decision.

"I recognize there's a lot of emotion on this debate. I hope the boards appreciate our effort," Rob Conner said. "What this all demonstrates is a community wide concern over this issue."

The Cazenovia Preservation Foundation has been defending its annexation proposal, but members complained that they were left out of the process. Feeling out of the loop, some questioned the timing of the sale of the land.

"This particular piece of property has come up over and over," said CPF member Richard Hubbard. "There was a fundraiser to stop a project like WalMart. They might ask their own membership for some input on some of these decisions."

Pioneer Company, with a conceptual design that indicates a Price Chopper as the anchor store in a mixed residential and commercial development, defended the research to they've done at such an early first step juncture. They addressed storm water and sewer issues claiming there wouldn't be any effect on the aquifer, which sits beneath most of the town and is the public water supply.

"If 16 of the 54 developed acreage will be blacktop," Russ Brownback said, "I find it difficult to find that this project has satisfactorily supplied enough environmental information to move forward on annexation."

Sparky Christakos asked if any studies were done to see if the community could realistically support another supermarket, bank, drugstore while maintaining a thriving downtown business district. As yet, there have been no studies.

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