CGR, the consulting firm assisting the Town and Village of Cazenovia with its analysis of the pros and cons of potential consolidation, has released its report on the process to date. The report can be found at: https://www.cgr.org/cazenovia/ or from the Village Clerk. The public meeting to review the report and the findings to date will be conducted Monday, 9/17 at 7pm at the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room. Free parking is available behind the library off Mill St/Riverside Drive.
The Village Court Office will closed September 17th – September 19th. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
A public meeting will be held on September 17 at 7 pm in the Cazenovia Public Library community room to present the findings of a study of possible consolidation of the Town and Village of Cazenovia. The consultant engaged for this project, Paul Bishop of the Center for Governmental Research in Rochester, NY, as well as members of the committee representing both municipalities, will be on hand to discuss the report. The public is invited to attend and pose questions about this important issue.
The Village Court Office will be closed on Tuesday, September 4th. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
The Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on a proposed local law to regulate short term rentals on Monday, July 2 at 7:00 pm in the Village Municipal Building, 90 Albany Street, Cazenovia, NY. The draft local law can be viewed on the Planning and Zoning page of the Village website or in the Village officers during business hours.
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.
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