Cazenovia area officials gathered at the American Legion last week to participate in the State of the Area meeting.
continued “It doesn’t take much really to spend that [locally],” Monforte said.
Wheeler said that 2012 was a “busy and productive year” for the village and 2013 is “shaping up to be the same way.” He listed numerous accomplishments by the village last year, including the new library parking lot, the opening of the Clark Street bridge, renovation of Carpenter’s Barn and the annexation of town land for the construction of the proposed Empire brewery.
He said the village issued a survey last year asking residents what they love most about the village and what they would change. Respondents said they loved the family atmosphere, the caring neighbors, the rural environment and beautiful lake and the good schools; and they were most concerned about better village parking, more local activities and shopping opportunities, cleaning up or removing defunct buildings and the availability of senior housing.
Wheeler said the challenges and opportunities for 2013 must be met by teamwork and self-reliance as a community, saying that state and federal money is no longer a reliable source of funding for local projects.
“We must be efficient and self-reliant … [and] sensitive to how we grow our community and our brand as a community,” Wheeler said. “I really believe we can do these things by working together. Keep us informed, we’re her to serve you.”
During the question-and-answer portion of the meeting, multiple questions were raised about how Cazenovia and adjacent towns were handling the issue of hydrofracking and gas drilling possibly entering the area, especially why none of the municipalities had passed moratoriums on the industry.
Bradstreet said Cazenovia’s proposed heavy trucking road use law is a “good move” for the town, and Nelson plans to follow suit. He said he does not believe tourism will be impacted if gas drilling comes to the region because “nobody will ever permit gas wells in the city limits.”