LETTERS: CPF President responds to column wondering if Cazenovia has ‘lost its mojo’

To the editor:

In the “Clearspeak” column which appeared within the June 6 edition of the Cazenovia Republican, the author describes his disappointment over the Cazenovia Town Planning Board’s May 3 vote authorizing demolition of the Zephania Comstock farmhouse (also known as the Enders house) and asks whether Cazenovia has “lost its mojo.”

His disappointment in the planning board vote is shared by many in the community, and felt strongly by the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation.

CPF is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect historic, agricultural and natural resources in and around Cazenovia for the benefit of the community. However, CPF is not part of the local government and therefore cannot make government decisions.

During the entire time the Enders house demolition proposal was before the Planning Board, CPF continued to promote its mission on several fronts. Since 2010, when Dave Muraco, owner of the Enders house, asked for permission to tear it down, CPF protected an additional 427 acres of farmland and open space in the town, acquired 15 acres of unique wetlands in the village, made major improvements to Carpenter’s Pond and the trail around the pond, hosted thousands of visitors on its trails along Chittenango Creek (Gorge Trail and South Trail) and behind Lorenzo (Fairchild Hill and Burlingame Road Trails), and spent tens of thousands of dollars to repair storm and water damage on those trails to keep them open to the public.

CPF has also continued its popular “Walks-n-Talks” series and provided other educational programs to teach our community — including the kids — about the importance of the resources that make Cazenovia such a treasure. We also helped secure grant funding to restore and protect Carpenter’s Barn. And of course, CPF also tried to save the Enders house.

We participated in planning board meetings. We sent letters to the Republican. We offered funds to move the house. CPF officers met directly with Muraco to explore other options to save the house.

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