Representatives from the Town and the Village continue to meet monthly to discuss the possibility of consolidating Cazenovia governments. Actual consolidation would take us several steps further than the current system of extensive shared services and frequent cooperation between the municipalities. To help analyze the potential for creating efficiencies and/or tax savings, we are in the process of creating subcommittees to collect and analyze information in the areas of public safety; zoning and planning; and highways/parks/public works.
While details of the grant are still pending, Cazenovia has received word that it is in line to receive funding from the New York Department of State to assist with its study of potential consolidation. These funds could be used to hire outside consultants or meet other related expenses.
An important part of the process will be getting input from the public. The study committee has scheduled a public meeting for Tuesday, August 29th at 7 PM in the High School Auditorium, 31 Emory Avenue. A representative from the NYS Division of Local Government Services will provide an overview of the process of consolidation, and talk briefly about the experiences of other municipalities. We will also introduce members of our committee who will respond to audience questions and listen to potential concerns from citizens. We invite everyone to attend this meeting and let us know what your thoughts are, and what questions you have.
The 2016 Annual Water Quality report is now available on the “Water and Sewer” page of the Village of Cazenovia website or from the Village Clerk.
The Village and Town of Cazenovia, with the assistance of the Cazenovia Area Community Development Association, has applied to the New York Department of State for a grant to study a potential consolidation of the two municipalities. The concept, which was announced by the Mayor and Town Supervisor in March of 2016 has been studied informally for nearly a year and local leaders feel that the concept has significant merit. With the aid of CACDA, the Village and Town prepared an application which consists of Phase 1 of the process. If successful, funds will be awarded for Phase 2 which would allow more detailed analysis with the assistance of a professional consultant. If the community opts to proceed, Phase 3 would involve merging some elements such as the courts and highway departments and would culminate with Phase 4, consolidation of the two municipalities. Local leaders are committed to the principles that the initiative will result in greater efficiency, equal or enhanced services for both village and town residents and equal or lower taxes for both village and town residents.
As part of its ongoing efforts to reduce energy use and enhance sustainability, the Village of Cazenovia has initiated benchmarking of energy use for its buildings. Data for 2016 can be found at the bottom of the PUBLIC WORKS page in the new ENERGY AND SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES section. A copy of the draft resolution the board will consider at its March 6, 2017 meeting is also linked at that location.
The Village is pleased to announce the completion of a major improvement to the parking area off Riverside Drive behind the Cazenovia Public Library. The area was paved as part of the final set of street improvement projects for the year and the lot was lined by the Village DPW with generous planning assistance from Gavitt Associates. The lot features 48 clearly marked spaces, improved handicapped access near the library’s back door and a painted pathway along the northern and eastern edges of the lot to enhance access to the creekside area.
CACDA, one of the Village’s partners in the Creekside Park planning process, also recently published the following press release:
Update on Creekside Park
Cazenovia, NY – In the spring of 2015, a committee of local leaders and interested community members began meeting to discuss the possibility of developing a park along Chittenango Creek by Riverside Drive. Extensive community input was gathered with the help of students from the SUNY ESF Landscape Architecture department. The final design of the park includes ideas gathered through this process.
With the plan in place, funding was obtained through Project CAFÉ’s raffle of a vintage car donated by Common Grounds (the raffle winner generously donated the car back which was subsequently auctioned for additional project funding). This helped to leverage a significant grant from the Central New York Community Foundation, submitted with assistance from the Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA).
The project organizers are pleased to report that while the project site still looks the same, much has been accomplished. A professional assessment of the site identified drainage and site work that needed to be planned for and addressed. Grading of the site will take place this fall along with improvements to both the lower parking lot near the proposed park and the upper lot near the library.
The final design for the park is nearly complete and additional input is being gathered from local organizations (for example the library and the Art Park) on the details of the play features. Site work will continue through this fall and installation of the playground is planned for late spring of 2017. When work is complete, the site will have been transformed to include not only the addition of the park but enhanced parking, a more environmentally sensitive area near the creek and improved options for pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
The 2015 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report is now available on the village website on the Water and Sewer page or at the village office. Call the village office at 655-3041 if you have any questions about the report.
Officials from the Village and Town of Cazenovia have announced that they will begin a process to examine options for potential savings together. The goal is for both municipalities to provide the best possible service to citizens while keeping taxes as low as possible. This will be a thoughtful, deliberate process with many possible options and outcomes. No decisions have been made about the final course(s) of action: that will be determined by the process, which will include extensive public input. Grant money is currently available from New York State to conduct this process, which Cazenovia will be applying for. More information will be provided at upcoming meetings of the Village and Town. General information about the consolidation process (one possible outcome) can be found at: http://www.dos.ny.gov/lg/lge/dissolution.html
Copies of the plans for the Creekside Area and Creekside Trails are available for review at the bottom of the Planning and Zoning page of the Village Website or from the Village Clerk. The Village Board of Trustees will discuss/review the plans at their January 4 meeting.