Forum eager for new year
Consolidation was brought up, but also separate identities
By Willie Kiernan
On Tuesday Jan. 9 the Cazenovia Area Forum was held at the Catherine Cummings Theatre hosted by the chamber of commerce. New co-chair for the chamber, John Hunter presided over the affair which was attended by about 60 people. Scheduled to speak were Mayor Tom Dougherty, Supervisor Liz Moran, Fenner Town Supervisor Russ Cary and Nelson Town Supervisor Dick Williams. Cary could not attend due to a death in the family.
Dougherty spoke of the new village web site, villageofcazenovia.com, and how it could help the public with agendas, meetings and various village information. He said it was a good year for businesses, and that taxes decreased 5.2 percent. He spoke of past projects like the Lakeside Park pavilion and the sidewalks on Forman Street and of upcoming projects like drainage, new water services and the re-building of Seminary Street.
"The village trustees worked real hard to keep the taxes down," Dougherty said. "One important element to our budgeting is sales tax. If we can spend locally it's a double-hitter because it stays in the village of Cazenovia and it also helps our local businesses."
Moran recognized the new town attorney John Langey and her new administrative assistant Allison Gifford. Along with three new snow plows, she was proud that the town garnered four out the five grants applied for, with the $1 million Critz award the largest. Upcoming she emphasized the comprehensive plan and the Jan. 18 town meeting to discuss among other things the Route 20 corridor. She said the village, the town and the town of Nelson have all individually hired the Syracuse planning company EDR to help in the coordination of all the planning and zoning for land usage.
"We've put aside funds for a new Gothic Cottage; it's a beautiful building but it's a miserable office space," Moran said. "Last year my c-word was cooperation, this year it's consolidation.