Village board faces new year
By Willie Kiernan
It's a new year with a lot on the table.
"The Board is poised and ready for a busy year," said Mayor Tom Dougherty.
The Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees convened for their first meeting of the year last Monday for little more than an hour before about a dozen citizens.
At the beginning of the meeting Priscilla Arthur and Dr. Ellen Jacobsen approached the board about a complaint they had regarding a neighboring structure. A storage barn adjacent to their property on Ledyard Ave. had become a safety hazard because of an accumulation of snow and ice on its roof.
"It's not a violation of the village code," said Jim Stokes, village attorney. "It could be a civil matter."
The complaining parties said they tried to stop the barn construction eight years ago at planning board meetings. They even took the case to the state Supreme Court. Today, the structure is still under construction.
"I don't know how the community can say we're not responsible for anything," Dr. Jacobsen said.
Arthur and Jacobsen share a driveway that is very close to the neighboring barn. A recent snow slide caused damage to the fence in between yards.
"We're sympathetic to your situation," said Trustee Kurt Wheeler.
He said he would try to contact the neighbor in question.
In other issues
Trustee Tom Tait aired concerns about the skate park regarding safety and monitoring the premises. He also suggested that park hours should shorten during season due to vandalism in the bathrooms. He also announced a 9 a.m. Jan. 19 meeting for the tree commission he established, with the plan to plant 10 new trees in the spring and 10 more in the fall.
Trustee Wheeler said he would look into the traffic increase through the village due to the price increases on the Thruway. He said he was confronted by a resident on Route 20 who was doing a private study.