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Village, town discuss sanitary sewers, dog control

— The concept of including sanitary sewage systems around portions of Cazenovia Lake is no longer a focus of just the town board; the Cazenovia Village Board has also expressed interest in the potential project.

During the Cazenovia village and town joint meeting on July 31 in the Municipal Building, Village Mayor Kurt Wheeler and Town Supervisor Ralph Monforte expressed interest in moving forward with the plan.

While no actions have been made, the officials agreed having segments of residential areas along the lakeshore hooked to municipal sewers would help ensure the vitality of Cazenovia Lake.

“It is a real advantage to the health of the lake, having the potential for sewer and water lines. It’s great that the village is willing to extend services beyond the village lines ... to entice people to hook up to the sewer line when it becomes available up East Lake Road and around the southwest side of the lake,” Monforte said. “Residents will not be able to have water without sewer and sewer without water, so it comes as a package price. We’ve also been working really hard on the numbers, and getting the costs down by using new technologies that are available.”

The village board was in agreement that the lake is one of the most important issues in Cazenovia, and was supportive of the idea to extend existing sanitary sewers to some lakeside residents.

“I think we all agree that the vitality of Cazenovia Lake is very important … and we need to examine every available option to ensure its future health,” Wheeler said.

Monforte said he is looking forward to the plan being presented at the Cazenovia Lake Association’s annual meeting in late August, where area residents will have the opportunity to hear of the proposal, and potential costs.

Also during the meeting, the town and village board discussed the recent issues with unlicensed dogs in Cazenovia.

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