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Village board approves official L.L. Bean contract

— Lauren Lines, CACDA’s executive director, said the L.L. Bean agreement “dovetails very nicely” with the work that CACDA is doing on its signature project. “We have been working to comprehensively map all of our outdoor recreation resources and therefore encourage recreational tourism. The L.L. Bean opportunity aligns very nicely with this and helps us toward this goal.”

Bob Greiner, president of the Cazenovia Lake Association, said he “couldn’t be happier this is happening” for Cazenovia, but said that the CLA is concerned about boater safety on the lake considering the influx of kayaks about to enter the waterways. He asked the board if it had thought about how best to ensure safety on the lake. “Better safe than sorry, is the reason I bring this up,” Greiner said.

The trustees replied that safety is always a concern, and L.L. Bean has long experience at offering these classes, is very safety conscious and knows what they are doing. Trustee Dave Porter, who is on the village safety committee, said he will make sure that safety is a key part of each kayaking class.

Greg Schwarz, the Fayetteville L.L. Bean ODS program manager, previously said that every two-hour class begins with about 30 minutes of safety and training instruction before going out on the water. The L.L. Bean website also states this policy.

Also at the meeting, the board:

—Continued a previous 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.

The board agreed it was best not to change the current village code on such signs, but instead to allow temporary signs on field fences: signs put up before and taken down immediately following an event would not need a permit, while signs put up for the duration of an athletic season would be required to undergo the regular Village Planning Board review process. The language and details of this temporary sign policy will be drafted into a resolution by Village Attorney Jim Stokes, which the board will discuss again at its regular July meeting.

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