The town of Nelson is looking into the possibility of approving a town road use agreement as a way to protect its roads from damage caused by heavy industrial trucking.
Owera Vineyards cuts ribbon, opens facilities for business
The first and only winery in Madison County officially opened its doors and cut the ceremonial ribbon last week — and it is located on East Lake Road in Cazenovia. Owera Vineyards, owned by the Muserlian family and already producing award-winning wines, welcomed local and state politicians, business owners, friends and visitors on one of the few sunny days in recent weeks to inaugurate its new facilities.
Local opponents of the controversial business of natural gas exploration and drilling through hydraulic fracturing appeared at the Fenner and Nelson town board meetings last week to deliver petitions signed by more than 1,100 people demanding the towns outlaw hydrofracking.
The three candidates for trustee for the June 18 village election explained to voters who they were, where they stood on the issues and why people should vote for them at the June 11 candidate forum held by the League of Women Voters. Incumbents Amy Weber Mann and Peggy Van Arnam, both seeking reelection, and challenger Fritz Koennecke, Jr., current president of the Cazenovia Board of Education, spent 70 minutes before a crowd of about 30 people answering questions on topics such as what Caz will look like in 10 years and how the village should get there, what should happen to the Riverside Drive property, how can the village have a better relationship with Cazenovia College, should the new Lincklaen Street parking lot be paid or free and whether or not the village should consolidate with the town.
Farmstead brewery project now continues forward with site plan and architectural review
The Cazenovia village board unanimously agreed on June 11 to change the zoning of Empire Brewing Company’s land on Route 13 from a residential to a Planned Development District, and also to amend the village code to allow the milling of flour, feed or grain in the village. Both actions allow Empire to move forward with its project to build a farmstead brewery in the village of Cazenovia.
One can buy just about anything off Craigslist on the Internet — including a herd of bison. So when Aileen Randolph and Joe Lazarsky, she a corporate PR executive and he an attorney, decided they wanted to change professions and raise bison, they went online. They bought a herd from Tennessee in November 2010 and brought them to their farm in Fenner, right next to Chittenango Falls, in February 2011. And now there is a bison farm, with about 50 head, that raises and sells bison meat, just a few miles outside of Cazenovia.
The Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA) Board of Directors has announced their selection for the 2013 CACDA Signature Project. This project will create visibility and encourage use of the vast trail network and recreational amenities in the Cazenovia area.
The Cazenovia Village Board officially approved its contract with L.L. Bean to establish the outdoor apparel company’s use of Cazenovia Lake and Lakeland Park for its newest Outdoor Discovery School. The approval came two days after the green L.L. Bean trailer full of kayaks was parked near the north wall by the public swimming area in Lakeland Park, and five days before the new school begins kayaking excursions on the lake.
Lakeside residents interested in renting lake weed prevention mats to clear lanes from their docks to the middle of the lake may now do so from the town. The benthic mat rental program, approved by the town board May 13, has received final department of environmental conservation approval and is now ready to go, said Town Councilor Bill Zupan.
The annual CNY Fiber Artists and Producers Fiber Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9, at the Butternut Hill Campground on Route 20 in Bouckville. There will be 100 booths filled with vendors selling many fiber products, demonstrations, exhibits and animals including sheep, alpacas, goats, llamas and rabbits. The children’s tent will feature fun activities for all ages.
Cazenovia community members eager to know whether the village board of trustees will or will not approve a zone change for the proposed brewery on Route 13 must wait another two weeks for the decision. After a two-hour special meeting Monday, May 20, the trustees chose to hold off on its vote until its next regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 3.
The Cazenovia Town Board last week approved a series of resolutions aimed at making town government more effective by extending the term of office for town supervisor, making the town clerk position appointed rather than elected and abolishing the town tax collector position.
After two years of planning and development, Owera Vineyards, located at 5276 East Lake Road, will open to the public and present Taste of Cazenovia on Wednesday, June 12. Owera will offer a VIP tasting hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., which will include an exclusive tour of the winery, tastes of select Owera wines such as new release Frontenac Gris, hors d’oeurves, delicious foods direct from local farmers and a commemorative Taste of Cazenovia wine glass.
The village planning board has recommended that Empire Brewing Company’s application for a zone change on its Route 13 property from residential to light industrial/agricultural use be approved with conditions by the village board of trustees. If the trustees accept the recommendation and vote for approval, the brewery project — after more than two years of work — will move forward rather than be stopped in its tracks.
Four-hour meeting adjourns with agreement but no approval vote
The village planning board will recommend that Empire Brewing Company’s application for a zone change on its Route 13 property from residential to light industrial/agricultural use be approved with conditions by the village board of trustees, the planning board members agreed at their May 13 meeting. The exact conditions for the approval, however, have not been finalized, and the board’s vote to officially approve its recommendation will not occur until Thursday, May 16.