Caz Town Board: Whitman student survey complete

The Cazenovia Town Board’s most recent monthly meeting, held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 14 in the Gothic Cottage, was sparsely attended by local residents. Councilors reported the Whitman School student survey of lakefront residents, regarding the potential new sewer district, has concluded.

More than 240 people responded to the survey.

Results were “interpreted more on the conservative end. We’ve really got to inform more people about the project,” said Town Supervisor Ralph Monforte.

A public meeting on the issue is to be scheduled for early June.

The public comment period for the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the 2012 lake treatment ended on May 10 without anyone commenting. A final version of the statement will be adopted, and will soon appear on the town’s website, councilors said.

Approximately 220 meters of Cazenovia Lake are to be treated with chemicals to discourage the growth of destructive invasive species such as milfoil.

Subsequently, there will be a 120-day restriction on the use of Chittenango Creek for irrigation. Resolution 49 – which also passed – authorized two affected farmers to use metered hydrants to irrigate their fields. The town will reimburse them up to $6,000 for municipal water.

Monforte also informed residents that Madison County is putting together a Health Commission to address insufficiency in medical services. People are used to relying on the surrounding counties for things such as physical therapy and mental health counseling.

“Madison County is greatly underserved, but it’s something that can change,” Monforte said. Plans include the possible creation of a new medical campus to provide comprehensive services to Madison County.

In other board news

—Shelly Harris, the town’s sole assessor, had a change of residency and was forced to resign. A resolution passed unanimously to name Brian Fitts as her replacement, to serve for the remainder of the unexpired term.

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