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New village parking lot designs, possible fees taking shape

— The design plans have been drawn up by Dunn and Sgromo Engineers, who are also the village engineers, at no cost to the village, Wheeler said.

As for whether the lot will be free or paid parking, that is still under discussion, with at least a few of the trustees leaning toward the pay option.

“I am unabashedly in favor of a pay lot for visitors and tourists,” Van Arnam said. She cited as “interesting” the results of a recent Cazenovia Republican poll on the parking lot and said she was swayed by the arguments that ample free parking already is available behind the library, a pay lot “would not take away one space currently available” and it would be more user-friendly for out-of-town visitors seeking parking downtown.

Wheeler also endorsed the paid parking idea, “because it gives us another [parking] option that doesn’t exist right now,” he said. Figuring and paying the cost of the pay station machine necessary for a pay lot is the “near-term challenge,” Wheeler said.

While the village’s purchase of the 22 Lincklaen St. property has not been finalized yet, the papers are currently being drawn up and the closing is expected to occur this month, Wheeler said.

Also at the meeting, the board:

—Presented at public hearing the 2013-14 preliminary village budget, which contained a total general fund appropriation of $2.4 million, an increase of about $73,000 over 2012-13. The budget includes a 3 percent property tax rate increase, which would be $6.30 per $1,000 of assessed value versus the $6.12 last year. No members of the public spoke during the hearing. “This is a very carefully put together, austere budget,” Wheeler said. Public comments on the budget will still be accepted through the board’s May 6 regular meeting, at which time the final budget approval vote is expected. The budget is available for public viewing at the village office.

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