Syracuse University Martin J. Whitman School of Management MBA students Patrick O’Leary, left, Dafra Sanou, Naixin Bi, Yi Xu and Ninaad Haarsole will be assisting the town of Cazenovia in the following months by conducting a survey with lakeside residents, gauging interest in the proposed sewer system.
A team of students working toward their master’s degrees in business administration at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management is working with the town of Cazenovia on the proposed sewer system implementation around Cazenovia Lake.
The five students are currently collaborating with Town Supervisor Ralph Monforte and Project Engineer John Dunkle.
The project initially sparked the students’ interest as they considered the benefits of being exposed to the consulting, project management and analytics required for its execution. However, they soon realized that they would be getting a much richer reward from their involvement.
“After speaking with Ralph and John, we realized there was some additional goodwill associated with our involvement in this project. Although this project does provide us with practical and educational value, we also find it necessary to aid the local community surrounding Syracuse,” said MBA team leader Patrick O’Leary. “We visited the Town Hall recently, and spoke with various government officials. On our visit to the lake, its beauty just blew us all away. Up to this point, our interactions have been extremely pleasant, and we are looking forward to contributing our time and effort to the town of Cazenovia”.
The MBA team will be attending the Cazenovia Town Board meeting on March 5. This gathering will serve to clarify the details of the project for the interested parties, as well as for all the citizens of Cazenovia.
The MBA team is working with the town on establishing a survey which assesses the lakefront homeowners’ interest in the implementation of a sewer system.
For the project to go through, owners representing 51 percent of the assessed lakefront property value must sign a petition in support.
Before moving to this phase, the survey will be distributed to all residents in the proposed area; the results will determine whether there is sufficient support to proceed.