LETTERS: Questions about sewers in the Caz Lake Watershed

To the editor:

Last week Jerry Maywright and Peter Hubbard questioned the Cazenovia Town Board’s decision-making process regarding improving wastewater treatment for lakeshore properties.

We appreciate the help of these two individuals, and other members of the Cazenovia Lake Association, as we have focused on measures to improve the health of the lake over the past several years. We also appreciate their willingness to raise questions about the “sewer project” in a public forum.

While some of the questions raised will be answered as we gather additional information from the engineering studies, the issue of process — how decisions will be reached — is very clear.

First, and most important: whether a sewer district, or multiple sewer districts, around the lake are created, and sewer systems are built, is not up to the town board. In order to get the discussion started, the town board did need to come to a decision that sewers were worth considering. Once we made that decision, we asked our town engineer to identify appropriate technologies and produce cost estimates.

We will continue to work to figure out the financial and engineering options for possible sewer systems, and will continue to work to educate the public and lake property owners about these options.

But the decisions about whether to proceed with any of these projects will be made by the affected property owners.

As Maywright suggests, a large and complex project of this type should not be rushed. We have begun to collect and publicize information relevant to the sewer question. Liz Moran wrote an informative article about sewers and lake health a couple of weeks ago. That piece, and additional information, is on the town’s website (under “Caz Lake Water Quality”), and some of it has been presented at public sessions, including a recent meeting of the Cazenovia Lake Association.

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