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Dougherty discussed the decisions of the town board in 2008 and plans for 2009. The board revised the Cazenovia Lake boat launch policy in 2008, Dougherty said, and further revisions are planned for the coming year.

The village board also has been working on redevelopment of the Riverside Drive property and has processed a grant application for the restoration of the CAVAC building. A tighter economy, dwindling sales tax revenue and snowy weather may prove a difficult burden for the village in 2009, Dougherty said.

According to Dougherty, sales tax revenue from Madison County is below the projected amount. Additionally, a request for a refund from National Grid could further disrupt the village budget.

"This winter started early and it's really lasting and lasting," Dougherty said. "So far we have used up 60 percent of our sand and salt budget, and we've used up 50 percent of our overtime budget for plowing streets. I just hope the winter is 60 percent over, and I'm not sure it is."

Despite some fiscal concerns, the speakers largely discussed the accomplishments of the towns and village and continuing development in 2009.

"We are making steady progress," Moran said.

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