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B'ville boards: Moratorium extended

Lysander has extended a temporary moratorium on zone changes in the AR-40 zoning district for another three months.

The moratorium was imposed in 2004 when board officials began to look into ways to preserve the rural characteristic of the Cold Springs peninsula without inhibiting the rights of farm/land owners wishing to sell property to developers. In an AR-40 zone, a developer could legally build one home per acre without having to change the zoning. Town officials are still working out details of the proposed transfer of development rights program, which would allow developers to purchase the zoning rights of the property (the actual property would remain undeveloped) from land owners and transfer the zoning rights to a pre-approved area.

In 2006, the state awarded the town $1,007,700 to provide funding for this landmark program.

Island Wine Fest pairs with GBCC

Officials waived the open container law for an Island Wine Fest being held at Paper Mill Island this June.

The Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the Results Group to host the annual Blessing of the Fleet event followed by a wine festival featuring 15 to 20 different wineries on the island.

"We think it enhances both events," Results representative Tom Terry said about working together with the GBCC.

Even though the wine event is scheduled to run from 3 to 9 p.m., Terry requested the open container law be waived from 1 to 10 p.m. in the event the crowd is larger than anticipated, then it can begin earlier.

The event, previously held at the NY State Fair Grounds and the Oncenter, has attracted about 1,000 people. Paper Mill Island can accommodate a crowd of 3,000.

Tickets are $25 at gate and advance sale tickets are $20. Participants can sample wine, purchase bottles and glasses of wine. There will also be food and entertainment. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to GBCC.

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