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Village, town to discuss future of Cazenovia

— At the Sept. 8 meeting of the Cazenovia Village Board, trustees discussed holding a joint meeting with members of the Cazenovia Town Board at 8 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Municipal Building.

Members from both board will gather to discuss the possibility of shared services, potential hydrofracking consequences and benefits, as well as the prospective annexation of the Stowell property, off of Route 20, as village territory.

Once annexed, the land would be purchased and developed by Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes. The Canastota-based company has grown steadily in Central New York in the past years and is looking to open a location, with a carwash, just beyond McDonald’s.

“I was impressed with the initial site plan, both in terms of thoughtfulness with the flow of traffic as well as some of the design features on the building,” said Cazenovia Village Mayor Kurt Wheeler. “So far, everything is happening in a way that is consistent with our community’s goals, I hope it will be a smooth process and one that will be fruitful for the community, land owners and developers.”

The Comprehensive Plan identified the parcel at, village edge north, as an area that’s appropriate for annexation. At the Sept. 22 meeting, the town and village officials will designate one of the municipalities as a lead agency, then the process will be continued at each entity’s October meeting.

In other board news:

  • Trustee Peggy Van Arnam gave an update on the possibility of hydrofracking in Cazenovia, after attending a meeting of the Town Hydrofracking Committee. It seems high-volume fracking will be allowed in New York State, however Cazenovia is not as an attractive area as other Madison County locations.

  • Village board members gave residents an update on the situation with the Clark Street bridge. Madison County will meet and decide whether the bridge will be given back to the municipality. Re-assuming responsibility of the bridge would allow officials to procure repairs, but at a cost. Citizens in attendance asked Wheeler to negotiate with the county, asking for payment for the years the bridge fell into disrepair, without action from the department of transportation.

  • An update was also presented on the status of Riverside Drive. After RFPs were distributed in July, nine companies have shown interest in developing. Other firms have until Oct. 28 to respond. At that time, the board will evaluate bids and proposed usages.

  • Cazenovia Children’s House was granted permission to hang a banner on the Lakeland Park fence, promoting Taste of Cazenovia, scheduled for Sept. 21.

  • Center State Youth Hockey Association was granted permission to hang a sign on the fence at Lakeland Park, promoting their “Try Hockey for Free” event, scheduled for Oct. 1.

  • The next regular Cazenovia Village Board Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Municipal Building.

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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