Caz Village Board looks to draft sidewalk codes

— Trustees suggested that tables should be allowed outside restaurants as long as the pedestrians sitting there do not receive service from the eatery — and if they are eating, have purchased the meal “to go.” Board members also suggested that vendors wishing to place items on the sidewalk outside their business must remove them when closing at night, and file proof of a liability policy in the amount of $500,000 or more, naming the village as an additional insured on their liability policy.

Some other suggestions for future regulations included: No merchandise for sale, unless special permission has been granted, such as for the annual Sidewalk Sales; no flimsy or lightweight items which may blow away or break easily; no played or piped music; no additional lighting, signage or advertising for the business; and no items shall be placed on, around or attached to village benches, lamp posts or other public areas without specific permission of the village.

A rough draft of the proposed regulations will be read at the Dec. 3 village board meeting, at which point more comments from trustees and residents will be heard.

In other board news:

—Deputy Mayor Amy Mann informed those in attendance that two of the maple trees in Cannon Park, both of which are more than 100 years old, have become too frail and pose a risk to pedestrians and the seasonal farmers market vendors below. She said the two trees will be cut down, and expects removal to occur in the immediate future.

Two saplings will be planted in the park this spring.

—Trustees discussed ways of introducing a community calendar or announcement board which would help increase community awareness and support during annual village-wide events or emergencies. Incorporating email blasts and usage of social media websites were suggested.

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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