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Fenner town board holds 2015 organizational meeting

The Fenner Town Board last week held its first meeting of the new year, during which the board made its annual organizational appointments.

Cazenovia Town Board makes annual appointments

During its first meeting of the new year, the Cazenovia Town Board last week approved its annual organizational appointments for the town government as well as attended to regular business.

Cicero Town Board comments on ethics ruling

More than a month after the Cicero Board of Ethics came to a conclusion about the conflict of interest created by Supervisor Jessica Zambrano’s relationship with former town engineer Doug Wickman, the town board has taken action on the ethics board’s opinion.

Great Decisions discussion group begins Feb. 5

The public is invited to participate in “Great Decisions 2015,” a discussion group about U.S. foreign policy sponsored by the Cazenovia League of Women Voters. The group will meet for eight weeks on Thursdays through February and March. The first meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Cazenovia Public Library reference room.

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Docter sworn-in as new DeWitt town councilor

The DeWitt Town Board has appointed Karen Docter as its newest town councilor. Docter was sworn-in during a special meeting of the board on Jan. 5 by retired Town Judge Jack Schultz.

Residents have mixed feelings on ‘Ash for Trash’

About 50 people crowded into the Van Buren Town Hall to share their opinions on the proposed “Ash for Trash” waste management partnership between Onondaga and Cortland counties Jan. 6.

Minoa discusses solar power program

The village of Minoa is discussing plans to look into participating with the Solarize CNY program, which is a five-county effort to promote solar energy in communities. It is part the Central New York Energy Challenge with funding through the New York State Energy Research and Development (NYSERDA).

Village of North Syracuse to install Wi-Fi at Community Center

The village of North Syracuse’s board of trustees voted Jan. 8 to install wireless Internet in the community center on South Bay Road.

FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Thank you from Jim Corl

You may have read or heard “Jim Corl is leaving the legislature.” This has been one of my most difficult career decisions.

Residents have mixed feelings on ‘Ash for Trash’

About 50 people crowded into the Van Buren Town Hall to share their opinions on the proposed “Ash for Trash” waste management partnership between Onondaga and Cortland counties Jan. 6.

Nelson sets public hearing for Georgetown ambulance district agreement

Board reassures public that ambulance coverage has not changed, only the districting aspect is new

The Nelson Town Board last week approved three resolutions regarding their intention to create a new Georgetown ambulance district in the town of Nelson: one to pay for the 2015 contract with the ambulance service, one to amend the rate of pay for district residents and one to set a public hearing about the proposed coverage contract. Town Supervisor Roger Bradstreet also said he wanted town residents to be clear that this proposed contract does nothing to change the ambulance service currently received in the town, it merely creates a new ambulance district to allow the Georgetown Ambulance service an avenue to recover its rising operational costs.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Ag receipts steadily increasing; new policies assisting industry

I am always impressed with the quality and variety of our local producers — cheese, vegetables, wines and breads. The good news is our economy is benefitting more from these local products.

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Village board moves forward with proposed Creekside Development District law

A few village residents in and around the Riverside Drive/Chittenenago Creek corridor, which the village board is currently looking to rezone to help future development, had some concerns about the proposed zone change legislation currently pending before the village but, overall, they did not outright oppose the law at last week’s public hearing on the issue. Mayor Kurt Wheeler said the law’s wording needs to be “tightened up” and “clarified,” but otherwise the village’s efforts to help potential development in the creekside area are moving forward.

Cazenovia area municipal board meeting schedule for 2015

Here are the board and committee meeting schedules for the four Cazenovia-area municipalities

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U.S. Rep. Hanna sworn in for new term, issues 2014 year-end report

U.S. Representative Richard Hanna last week was sworn in to serve a third term in Congress. He issued a year-end report as part of his ongoing commitment to transparency and accessibility to the citizens of upstate New York.