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Town board working on four proposed laws, joint sewer district consolidation agreement

— The Cazenovia Town Board last week moved forward on four proposed local laws and the proposed joint sewer district consolidation agreement by holding three public hearings, introducing one new law and setting five more public hearings to occur between now and Sept. 8.

The board’s actions — conducted by three of the five board members, with Councilors Pat Race and Tom Driscoll absent — included continued work on the noise ordinance and special events law, a new proposal to add regulations for construction in highways, a new law to tighten up zoning issues and permitted uses in New Woodstock and the first steps in the board’s sewer district consolidation plans.

The board’s July 14 regular monthly meeting began with continued public hearings on the proposed noise ordinance and special events regulations, and, despite a crowded and collaborative discussion on both in June, the July public hearings saw only handful of people in attendance.

The proposed laws, introduced by the board in May, would prevent and control excessive noise and establish procedures and requirements to hold special events. Although the new laws would affect the entire town of Cazenovia, the impetus for their creation arose from the controversy between Owera Vineyards and its East Lake Road neighbors last summer due to complaints about the winery’s summer events.

Little new was added to the discussions of the laws, with concerned residents reiterating their concern over aspects of the laws’ wording and lack of specificity in certain areas. Town Attorney John Langey did say that the state Department of Agriculture and Markets is reviewing both laws — the special events law at the request of the town and the noise ordinance at the request of Owera Vineyards — and he would be talking to DAM officials about both over the telephone in the near future.

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