Survey deadline extended for proposed Cazenovia town sewer district

— Over the last year, the Cazenovia Town Board has been working toward the development of a proposed vacuum sewer system; a project which councilors believe will have a positive effect on a number of lakeside property owners.

The new sewer system is needed to ensure “the longevity and health of the water quality and the usability of the lake with [regard to] controlling weeds,” said Town Supervisor Ralph Monforte, himself a lakeside resident.

At the town board meeting on March 12, a team of Masters of Business Administration students from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management was given permission to conduct a survey of Cazenovia Lake residents regarding the potential sewer district.

“Ralph Monforte approached us and he wanted a team from Whitman to create a survey to gauge not only [residents’] opinions, but also information about their septic system as it currently exists, their ability to pay and other technical issues associated with their implementing the sewer system,” said MBA team leader Patrick O’Leary.

The survey is currently available at the town office and on the town website, and only needs to be taken by people in the new potential district. An accompanying map is also at the town office.

Recently, the deadline for completing the survey was extended to April 10.

On March 5, Monforte and the Whitman team made a presentation on “how the sewer district is created, what would happen, what would need to happen, who would be involved, and how important the survey was to initiate the whole process. Based on this survey we’ll move forward in creating the district — you have to create the district before any other steps can be taken,” Monforte said.

“We showed up at the meeting with a Powerpoint, we asked if there was anything pressing that they wanted addressed in the survey. We openly discussed how it would be implemented and we made slight alterations after the meeting,” O’Leary said.

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