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Minoa Fire Department receives more than $23,000 in funding

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Dan Maffei announced last week that the Minoa Fire Department has been awarded $23,731 in Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Minoa Fire Department will use this grant to purchase a large-diameter fire hose.

Town zoning board rejects Owera appeal, says winery must abide by stated hours of operation

ZBA also rules winery event tent is not a building and therefore cannot run events past approved hours

Owera Vineyards’ three-season event tent is not an indoor building, as the winery owners claim, but an outdoor facility; and all events held at the winery — whether in the tent or not — must abide by the prescribed hours of operation as approved by the town planning board in 2012, hours which are enforceable by the town. This was the decision of the Town Zoning Board of Appeals, issued Monday, Aug. 25, at the ZBA’s regular monthly meeting, in response to an appeal by Owera seeking to overturn a town zoning enforcement officer determination concerning allowable facility events.

Lysander Town Board to continue Aug. 25 meeting on Thursday, Aug. 28

The Lysander Town Board’s meeting of Aug. 25 was adjourned until 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. The work session planned for that evening will be held after the Aug. 28 meeting is adjourned. The first two resolutions on the Aug. 25 agenda are being discussed and will be voted upon on Thursday, said Supervisor John Salisbury.

Take precautions against mosquitos

Every year, the Onondaga County Department of Health begins surveillance and control of the mosquito population in May. They monitor more than 20 traps across the county, testing mosquitoes for West Nile and EEE. EEE was identified in the Cicero Wildlife Management area in early July which prompted an aerial spraying on July 22 after obtaining the necessary approval from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. This helped to reduce the mosquito count, but with the recent wet-weather, additional spraying throughout the neighborhoods surrounding the management area was authorized and the truck spraying occurred Aug. 17. This will continue to be monitored by the department of health.

League of Women Voters to host information meeting on upcoming redrawing of state legislative and congressional districts

The Leagues of Women Voters of Cazenovia and the Syracuse Metropolitan Area are co-hosting an informational meeting on Thursday, Sept. 18, concerning the plan to reform the manner in which state legislative and congressional districts are drawn in New York State.

Cazenovia, Nelson business projects recommended for $1.5 million in state funding

Route 20 hotel, Owera Vineyards and Route 20 agri-tourism business all make the cut

The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council last Friday recommended three dozen business projects as top priority for $26.6 million in state funding as a way to bolster the region’s economic growth — and three of those projects, worth nearly $1.5 million, are either in or have direct ties to Cazenovia. There are also two major projects just down the road from Cazenovia in Hamilton.

Lysander supervisor gives town update

Messenger Editor Tami Scott recently met with Lysander Supervisor John Salisbury and Deputy Supervisor Melinda Shimer to talk about current events within the town. The following questions focus on such projects as the sale of the Lysander Ice Rink, an upcoming truck purchase in the highway department and the next step in the construction of a community residence for boys on Doyle Road.

Fenner town board looks at ADA polling requirements, illegal dumping issues

The Fenner Town Board had a short meeting last week, in which they discussed necessary changes to the town to conform to the Americans with Disabilities Act and a recent increase in illegal dumping.

Some thoughts on the proposed Western Gateway zoning law by a member of the legislative committee

GUEST COLUMN

Public comments on the proposed Village Gateway West zone have resulted in a much clearer and better law, now incorporating changes which attempt to alleviate many of the concerns that have been expressed — including noise, parking, protection of the lake, construction of new buildings, expansion of existing buildings and protection of historic character. I encourage everyone to take a look at the most recent draft on the village website.

Village to hold public input session on proposed Creekside district redevelopment

The village will conduct a public input session as part of the planning process for the Creekside Planned Development District at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the village offices, located at 90 Albany St.

Candidates talk small business at political breakfast

At a recent political breakfast, federal, state and county candidates gathered together with members of the Manlius Chamber of Commerce to discuss the issue of small business, mingle with voters and try to gain more votes through an under-three-minute speech.

Nelson town board works to improve alternate process for planning board, ZBA

The Nelson Town Board last week discussed how to improve the quality of its planning board and zoning board of appeals alternates by ensuring that candidates for the positions understand the requirements, education and dedication necessary to do the job.

North Syracuse Village Center streetscaping specs approved

At their Aug. 14 meeting, North Syracuse village trustees approved specifications for the Village Center’s Streetscape Improvements project funded by $850,000 from Onondaga County’s Save the Rain Program. The trustees also extended the deadline for bids from contractors to Sept. 3.

Composting will help cut waste and promote a clean environment in Central New York

Recently I had the pleasure of visiting the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency’s (OCRRA) Amboy compost site, where we discussed their efforts to cut waste in our community. After becoming a pilot location for food composting, OCRRA upgraded its facility at the Amboy site to compost over 9,000 tons of commercial and institutional food waste every year, generating 30,000 cubic yards of compost. Instead of filling up landfills and potentially harming our environment, the waste that makes this compost goes toward creating healthier, nutrient-rich soil to grow great local produce and cut greenhouse gas emissions. It can also help improve stormwater controls, keeping our community safe.

Cazenovia town board continues public hearings on noise ordinance, special event permit

Board approves new law on permitted uses in New Woodstock hamlet

In a relatively quiet, quick and straightforward meeting last week, the Cazenovia Town Board held four public hearings, scheduled four more and attended to other basic business. The board continued for the third time each public hearings on the proposed noise ordinance and special events permit laws that have been under consideration since May. The proposed laws would prevent and control excessive noise and establish procedures and requirements to hold special events throughout the town.

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