Caz Town Board responds to demands for reduced speed limits

— Among the issues addressed at the Aug. 13 Cazenovia Town Board meeting were the speed limits on Linklaen Street and Ridge Road.

Residents were concerned that the speed limits on these roads, specifically the portions outside of the village, were too high. Town councilors responded to these concerns by moving to send a letter to the New York State Department of Transportation recommending an appropriate alteration of the speed limits.

According to Town Supervisor Ralph Monforte, the state’s response is expected in less than 90 days.

In other board news:

—Councilors also discussed changes to a zoning law that dictates the acreage a property must have in order for the residents to keep chickens or similar small farm animals. The zoning laws for the town currently require a minimum of 15 acres to keep chickens. The board had been contacted by concerned residents who pointed out that the same zoning laws require only three acres for keeping horses. Appropriate changes to the law will be discussed at a public hearing at the Sept. 10 Cazenovia Town Board meeting and addressed by the board at a later date.

—Rob Connor was appointed to the Cazenovia Area Conservation Commission by the town board.

—Board members publicly announced a meeting of the Cazenovia Lake Association, to be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 in the Cazenovia Public Library. Information will be presented on Cazenovia’s potential sewer and water district expansion. The expansion of these systems is intended to eliminate seepage from septic systems into the lake. According to Supervisor Monforte, when partnered with an effort to change the town’s storm water system, the amount of phosphorus and nitrates seeping into the lake could be reduced by 50 percent.

Terence Hartnett is freelance journalist for Eagle Newspapers, and a graduate of Cazenovia High School and St. Bonaventure University. He can be reached at hartnetc@bonaventure.edu.

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