continued Village Attorney Jim Stokes said the studies were done as part of the village’s State Environmental Quality Review Act responsibilities regarding the project, which the board takes “very seriously.” He characterized the studies as being “extensive,” “in-depth” and done by licensed professionals. “So they carry a lot of weight,” he said.
Katleski summarized the results of each of the five reports individually, often quoting from the actual documents. The Cazenovia Republican also has reviewed the reports in the village planning board files. The results in brief were:
The sound of the brewery that reaches the Empire property line is 49 and 50 decibels, according to the Sack and Associates report. The noise levels “adhere to the law,” Katleski said. “In other words, it’s not that noisy.”
Odor study: The Syracuse firm of Barton & Loguidice conducted an odor screening evaluation at Ithaca Beer Company, turning on their brewing facility to the same specifications as Empire will be in Cazenovia. They monitored the brewery for one hour during peak odor time (lunch rush hour and during wort boiling), then measured the odors up to 250 feet from the steam discharge stack, where the odors are released from the building. The “Nasal Ranger Scentometer” determined “no nuisance odors will be experienced beyond the property of Empire Farmstead Brewery.”
Visual study: An edr engineering firm balloon test — flying a bright red 15-foot-by-6-foot blimp-shaped helium balloon to the highest point of the proposed building (47 feet) — which was observed from 50 viewpoints throughout the village and from historically significant areas, determined no significant visual impact. This minimum impact, which was determined last week with no leaves on the trees, will be even less when leaves are actually on the trees around the property, Katleski said.
“Field review on April 23, 2013, revealed that actual project visibility will be significantly more limited than suggested by the viewshed analysis, due primarily to the screening effects of forest vegetation,” the edr report stated.