Village seeks community input on Village Edge South rezoning process

— As such, two meetings are scheduled — on Oct. 17 and Oct. 24 — for residents to come and be a part of the process by viewing a Powerpoint presentation of VES planning and design possibilities and then completing a survey. Wheeler said the input he has received to date largely calls for mixed-use and moderate-sized retail uses. He defined moderate-sized as “bigger than can fit downtown, but not big-box.”

Wheeler was also enthusiastic about opening up a similar process of community involvement related to the village’s western gateway, from the dilapidated Trush property through Gypsy Bay, which local developer Doug Shepard is currently pursuing with input and cooperation from village, town and state officials.

Also at the meeting:

—Police Chief Michael Hayes said drivers in Cazenovia can soon expect to see digital speed monitors in school zones and commuter routes. The police department has received a $35,000 grant for Safe Routes to Schools equipment for the purchase of the digital signs that alert drivers when they are going over the speed limit. The equipment will be in the form of standalone structures or can be fixed to telephone poles or other signs.

—Trustee David Porter said the Cazenovia Lake Association is going through the permitting process again to treat the late with chemicals to kill the milfoil. The invasive species is “in abundance” in the lake again, and ideally the association would like to treat the lake in May. “The DEC has final approval,” Porter said.

—Elizabeth DiGiacomo presented the board with an overview of some changes to the summer camp program for next year. Camp will start one week later next year — on July 7 — and will run through Aug. 15. The rate will be increased from $70 to $75 per child.

Funding for the program by the state Office of Child and Family Services, has been declining for several years, but this coming year, that source of funds, which amounted to $3,000 last summer, has dried up completely. The transportation costs for field trips will also be a new expense. Previously, the Cazenovia Schools picked up the tab for transportation, which typically amounted to about $2,500. The schools will now bill the program for those costs.

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