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LETTERS: Owera Point Estates residents voice concern for development plans

To the editor:

As residents of Owera Point Estates at the north end of Cazenovia Lake, we are directly impacted by the town’s proposed northeast sewer and water districts.

Additionally, we are directly impacted by the current North Lake Road/Owera subdivision proposal by a local developer.

Most importantly, we are very concerned with the integrity of the process, as the developer’s proposed subdivision plan appears to be on a path to be approved by the Cazenovia Town Planning Board.

When this property was originally proposed for development several years ago, the developer hired Dunn and Sgromo to represent him in his application with the town.

For the developer’s present application, the planning board is also represented by Dunn and Sgromo.

This same engineering firm is also representing the town with regard to the proposed sewer and water system, both of which would substantially enhance the ability of the applicant to develop his proposed subdivision property.

Town Engineer John Dunkle is an employee of Dunn and Sgromo Engineers.

Given Dunn and Sgromo’s direct prior involvement on behalf of this developer, how can they now represent the town in any capacity with regard to the proposed subdivision development, or the sewer and water system?

The preliminary vote by residents on this sewer/water proposal was negative, yet the town has pursued other means of moving forward with the proposal.

It is interesting to note that, after defeat of the original concept with the larger group of residents, the town’s next proposal involved only the northeast section, where this developer’s proposed subdivision is located.

This was despite the fact that many of the homes on the west side of the lake exhibit higher densities, and have more septic systems closer to the lake.

The individual cost-benefit for a developer/builder for public sewer and water, versus the cost of alternative septic systems and wells is a no-brainer.

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