Cazenovia To the editor:
This summer the Village Planning Board held three long hearings on the subject of Cazenovia College replacing natural grass with artificial turf on its lacrosse field. Once alerted to the hearings by the grapevine and its emails, neighbors from Liberty, Sullivan, Union and Lincklaen Streets along with some from Lincklaen Terrace and the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation brought up a number issues not addressed by the college’s application.
At its final public hearing (Aug. 22) on the subject and in anticipation of possible environmental problems on the college fields and on some of the neighboring residential properties in the National Register Historic District, the planning board reviewed the proposal using New York state’s standards, i.e. the long form Environmental Assessment Form to consider the likely potential impact of the proposed work.
After publicly discussing each subject in the form, the board passed a long and carefully drafted resolution that listed most of the potential issues brought up at the various hearings. They included such stipulations as no additional lighting or seating on the field, weekly inspections as the work progresses and the contractor’s agreement to keep Liberty Street clean and to maintain an orderly, neat work space around the field.
The carefully spelled out terms were acceptable to the college and to most of those who had expressed their concerns on various aspects of the field work and its impact on the surrounding neighborhoods.
Since CPF was among those urgently requesting the EAF analysis because of the precedent it sets for future projects, we would like to thank Chairman Bill Hall and the other members or the board for their time consuming dedication to seeing that the changes in the village are orderly and appropriate to the character and scale of the community.
President, Cazenovia Preservation Foundation