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Town moves toward Caz Lake herbicide treatment

— The Cazenovia Town Board adopted the final State Environmental Quality Review scoping document for the 2012 lake herbicide treatment at its Feb. 13 meeting.

The SEQR lays out the environmental considerations needed to mitigate any potential negative impacts from treating the lake with herbicide. Town officials expect to receive comments from the DEC on the scoping document in the near future.

The herbicide, trade name Renovate OTF, will target the invasive aquatic plant species Eurasian watermilfoil. The planned treatment area is approximately 228 acres.

Allied Biological submitted a preliminary proposal to conduct the herbicide treatment. The project is still contingent upon permit acquisition.

Town Supervisor Ralph Monforte said funding for the project is secured and progress is continuing smoothly. “The project is on track, moving forward, fully funded and ready to be executed,” he said.

In other board news

—The March 12 town board meeting will be held at the New Woodstock Firehouse located at 2632 Mill Street at 7:30 p.m. The town board is utilizing the venue to discuss issues specific to New Woodstock. Topics will include sidewalks and zoning issues.

—The town board unanimously adopted a stewardship agreement for Reed Farm in Cazenovia. The town and the Cazenovia Preservation Association agreed to steward the property. The Town has entered into the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Implementation Grant Agreement to fund stewardship efforts.

—Paul Curtin, Carlos Gavilando and Damian Vanetti will serve for a term of two years on the Cazenovia Area Conservation Commission. The Commission assists the town board with matters affecting the preservation, development, and use of the natural and man-made features and conditions in the town of Cazenovia.

Andrew Casler is a Cazenovia High School alumnus and freelance journalist for Eagle Newspapers. He can be reached at arc294@cornell.edu.

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