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Town discusses New Woodstock aquifer overlay, local road repairs

— The Cazenovia Town Board held its most recent meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 12 in the New Woodstock firehouse. Dozens of local residents were in attendance.

The first item on the board’s agenda was a public hearing on a proposed New Woodstock Aquifer Overlay Zone. Maps were distributed to all in attendance. The new overlay zone would encompass almost all of New Woodstock and extend far to the South and to the East.

Certain activities and structures such as airports, parking lots exceeding 1,000 cars in capacity, cemeteries and crematoria would be prohibited. Existing circumstances (such as the New Woodstock Cemetery) are to be grandfathered in.

“The intent is to protect the quality of the public water supply,” said Councilor Elizabeth Moran.

The public offered input, and the map was adjusted accordingly. However, the board cannot vote on the matter until they receive comments from Madison County officials – which they expect to have before next month’s meeting.

Next month they will receive further input from the public and possibly vote.

County Engineer Brad Newman and Town Highway Superintendent Tim Hunt gave a presentation concerning miscellaneous road repairs meant to address “drainage issues” on Mill Street and elsewhere around the town. Their plan is to develop a storm sewer system consisting of a series of catch-basins. They also plan to repair New Woodstock’s sidewalks – a massive project with an estimated cost of $22,000 and an expected time-frame of five years.

The one tree affected by the work is already “near the end of its lifecycle,” Hunt said.

During the public comment period of the meeting, perceived unfairness in agricultural zoning policies was discussed. To keep a horse, one only needs three acres of pasture, whereas more space is required for chickens or cows.

Several attendees expresses frustration that this was apparently not the first time such complaints have been brought before the board.

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