Deborah Cramer is worried her narrow lane could become the access point for a proposed subdivision off of Route 92 outside the village of Cazenovia. She said six properties already abut Fire Road 4712N (Hidden Lane), a piece of property now owned by Madison County after being taken for back taxes some years ago.
Cramer said those six property owners are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the lane, including a culvert near Route 92 that is in dire need of replacement.
"It will be the property owners' responsibility to pay for that," Cramer said.
The road does not meet specifications to be deeded over to any municipality.
"I am here to let you folks know that all the abutting owners would like to purchase this property and put it back on the tax rolls," Cramer said.
Cramer approached the Madison County planning committee April 25 to ask the body to consider selling the property to a neighborhood association instead of entertaining the purchase proposal of neighbor Andrew P. Nardella. Cramer said Nardella received approval from the town of Cazenovia planning board in 2005 to subdivide property at the end of the "road" into four parcels. Cramer said large homes are planned on each lot in the proposed subdivision.
"Two of the properties have access to Route 92, and one has access to the road [at the center of the request]," Cramer said. "The road is dinky and not well-made. We would like to form an association to represent the owners' joint best interests and ask the county not to pursue the sale [with Nardella]. Please give us consideration as a group. Right now we have one landowner who wants to assume control [of the road]. Our only reason to buy the road would be to have better working relationships with the landowners whose properties abut the road."