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Caz Town Board discusses local road work, hydrofracking

— Starting Tuesday, Sept. 18, Lincklaen Road will be under construction between the intersections of Summerfield Drive and Lucas Cross Road, for two weeks.

At the Sept. 10 Cazenovia Town Board meeting, councilors approved a plan presented by Town Engineer John Dunkle which outlined the reconstruction of the stone wall at St. James Cemetery and redesign of the roadway for drainage purposes. The town is working together with St. James Church parishioners, who have already raised the funds necessary to pay for the entirety of the project.

“The only section [of the road] that will be closed is directly in front of St. James Cemetery. Local traffic will not be affected, and all residents will be able to get to and from their homes,” said Cazenovia Town Highway Superintendent Tim Hunt. “No homes will be impacted. Drivers can always use Ridge Road or Route 13 to bypass the construction.”

Also during the meeting, Councilor Bill Zupan discussed his views on hydraulic fracturing. In reference to a letter that was recently printed in the Cazenovia Republican, Zupan admitted he did in fact sign a gas lease for some of his property, but affirmed his cautious stance on the issue.

“If the New York State Department of Conservation approves hydrofracking, I would be in favor of a moratorium, and ultimately would vote to ban hydrofracking in the town of Cazenovia,” Zupan said.

Residents in attendance asked why a moratorium against hydrofracking hasn’t already been passed, as other Madison County towns have done. Councilors said a moratorium can only be in effect for so long, and they want to wait for the verdict from NYSDEC before passing anything. Also, some municipalities that passed moratoriums are now being sued by gas companies, and councilors said the town board wishes to avoid legal issues of that nature.

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