Peggy Van Arnam, Village of Cazenovia Trustee
Upon reflecting on 2010, I'd say that what I am most pleased about is the way the village board has worked together and openly with village residents to address the serious issues facing the village. Unlike the state and federal governments, the process has been harmonious and deliberate, often resulting in unanimous decisions.
For 2011, I hope we will continue to make progress on parking, Riverside [Drive] and our aging water and sewer systems, among other things.
Amy Mann, Village of Cazenovia Trustee, Commissioner of Parks and Rec, Trees
In last week's issue, Mayor Dougherty shared an exhaustive list of the village board's accomplishments in 2010. I share his pride in this list, and would like to add a few thoughts from my own specific commissions.
At the top of my list is the enormous progress that was made in the area of lake health. This progress was the result of unprecedented collaboration between many parties - the town, the village, the Lake Watershed Council, Cazenovia Lake Association, local conservationists, the Department of Environmental Conservation and many dedicated community members. In June, after months of preparation, the lake received a second successful treatment with the herbicide Renovate to combat invasive Eurasian watermilfoil. Chemical treatment, while effective, is not a panacea, so extensive efforts were made by the all of the above parties to support the treatment with other lake health measures. Both municipalities had also passed bans on phosphorous-based fertilizers in the watershed in 2009. The village continued to refine its invasive species inspection process at the Lakeside boat launch and track usage data. It added an educational outreach angle to the process by starting a lake steward program. In other outreach efforts, CLA sponsored Lake Family Fun Day at Lakeland Park in July, which saw 75 kids participate in a fishing derby in the lagoon, orchestrated by conservationists and the DEC. All of these measures were closely intertwined, and it was very exciting to see so many groups bond together to protect our most precious asset.