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Village drafts tree regulations

The Village of Cazenovia Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on April 4 in the village's municipal building. The meeting agenda offered updates on grant applications for the Riverside Drive project and Carpenter's Barn, as well as a discussion pertaining to the upcoming Memorial Day Parade.

The meeting agenda was preceded by a public hearing, proposing consideration of a local law which would establish regulations for trees in Cazenovia.

The law, entitled "A local law to establish regulations for the installation and care of trees in the Village of Cazenovia" wished to determine how many yearly Mayor-appointed members should serve on the board of the Tree Commission. Talk of a five-member board (with one serving as Chair) was considered, however the village trustees decided they wished to discuss the matter further at next month's meeting.

The Tree Commission currently boasts about 20 volunteer members. Chairman Tom Tait founded the entity with hopes of providing an advisory role towards plantings and educational seminars, monitoring village trees, perform maintenance and takedowns, as well as to organize Arbor Day observances.

Cazenovia Village Trustee Amy Mann voiced her desire to pursue designation as "Tree City USA," citing possible circumstances that would positively affect the community. "The designation could potentially make us eligible for funding and/or other support for our efforts," she said. "It also shows residents and businesses that we are dedicated to the maintenance of an attractive village and business district."

Further discussions were then scheduled to take place at the next Village of Cazenovia Board Meeting on May 2.

Another notable item on the meeting's agenda was a discussion of the grant application process for Riverside Drive. Many of the village trustees expressed their confidence towards developing a medical center in the vacant lot behind the library.

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