continued The trustees unanimously voted to approve the parking fee and the designation of the new handicapped space. They also unanimously agreed to name the lot “Peggy’s Lot” in honor of former Trustee Peggy Van Arnam, who spearheaded the parking lot project from its inception while she was on the board.
The official dedication of the lot is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, before the “Couples Night Out” event sponsored by the Historic Cazenovia Business District and the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce, Wheeler said.
In a related action, the village also will be placing 20 informational signs around the village to direct visitors and residents of the various parking options — both free and pay — available downtown, Wheeler said. The signs will be “an experiment” with the goal of reducing the number of parking violations that typically occur in the village, he said.
Also at the meeting, the board:
—Agreed to hold a public hearing on Oct. 7 to consider creating a length of service award for members of the Cazenovia Volunteer Fire Department. Fire Chief Nick Enders requested the program and the public hearing, saying it will help the department with recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. The program would allow firefighters with enough years of service to accrue a monetary amount – similar to a retirement or 401K benefit – at retirement.
Trustee and Fire Commissioner Dave Porter said while this will cost the village money it would cost far more if the village were ultimately forced to create a professional fire department. “In the long term this is really going to make financial sense for the village,” Porter said. Creation of the proposed program would require not only a public hearing but also approval by village voters in a public referendum.
—Heard from Wheeler that the Economic Health and Heritage Committee on Aug. 27 completed a visual preference survey of the Village Edge South area to help design guidelines for the VES development process. He said the committee continues to work on the zoning details and will hold two meetings in September, a public work session on zoning issues on Sept. 10 and a public presentation of the visual preference survey at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the village municipal building.