Village board approves business furniture on downtown sidewalks

— —Heard from Doug Shepard, who is currently working to purchase and develop the Trush property at the southern end of the lake on which currently stands the abandoned brown car dealership building. Shepard plans to create a West Shore Gateway Development project to “make this end of the lake a more welcoming gateway to our region,” he said.

His development plans are moving forward, but he will need to annex the land into the village for water and sewer connection, he said. There is currently an 18-acre parcel owned by the state in between the Trush property and the village boundary, and since no non-contiguous land can be annexed into the village, he is currently working with the state to request that they annex their land into the village as well. If and when annexation can be completed, then he will apply for grants to help develop the site, which will include a total cleanup of the land as it is a contaminated brownfield site, he said.

“We are very hopeful [and we] look forward to community involvement,” Shepard said.

—Discussed the ongoing plans for the property at 22 Lincklaen St., which the village will develop into a village parking lot. Wheeler said the sale closing has been slightly delayed but the board anticipates finalizing the sale later in March. The board continues to discuss what type of parking will be in place in the lot, whether it will be paid or free parking, and remains interested in receiving community feedback on the issue.

—Scheduled a public hearing for 6:55 p.m. Monday, April 1, to review the village’s tentative 2013-14 budget.

—Approved the use of Lakeland Park and village streets for the 41st annual July 4 Foot Race.

—Announced the public boat launch schedule for 2013: the launch will open Saturday, April 27, and close Monday, Oct. 14.

—Was informed by Trustee Amy Mann that Cazenovia has been re-certified for its “Tree City USA” status by the Arbor Day Foundation.

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

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