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New village parking lot designs, possible fees taking shape

— —Conducted a public hearing on a proposed law to amend the village code to add to the current list of signs allowed in the village without a permit. The issue specifically concerned the addition of sponsor and booster signs to athletic fields owned by schools, post-secondary educational institutions and/or non-profit organizations, based on a request to signs to the youth baseball fences at Vets Field.

Trustees and members of the public voiced concerns about the unintended consequences of this law allowing signs to be placed on any fences around the village, and the possible visual pollution it could cause. “We need to be very careful about this,” Van Arnam said. “We could be opening a Pandora’s Box here.”

Village Attorney Jim Stokes said the intent of the law is to allow signs on athletic fields only, not just any fence in the village, and the law’s language may need to be revisited to ensure its proper function.

The board voted to hold the public hearing open until its May 6 regular meeting.

—Approved a request by the chamber of commerce to allow the Lakeland Park bandstand to be used for the Summer Concert Series on Thursday evenings from June 20 to Aug. 22, as well as to place a sign on the park’s fence to promote the weekly performances.

—Accepted two bids for the replacement of the village leaf truck and dump body for a total of $92,091.

—Approved a resolution to amend the village code to create a no parking, stopping or standing zone on the west side of Burton Street from Clark Street to the intersection as part of the recent approval for the new Cazenovia Community Preschool location on Burton Street.

—Was informed of the village Tree Commission’s planned Arbor Day event at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, in Cannon Park to plant a new sugar maple tree to help replace the two trees taken down last year.

—Rescheduled the time of its May 6 regular board meeting to 7:30 p.m. instead of the usual 7 p.m.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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