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Penn Yan, Jerusalem dispute will be heard in court

YATES COUNTY—An issue that has been ongoing between the village of Penn Yan and the town of Jerusalem will go to court Friday. A dispute about sewer charges has led to a suit brought against the town by the village.
Jerusalem supervisor Daryl Jones said the problem with the village began at least three years ago. An original agreement allowed the town to send 205 gallons a day to the village treatment plant. When Sewer 2 went in service on East Bluff Drive an additional 60 gallons was added to the total. Jones said when he became supervisor he said, “Wow! We’re paying for 265 gallons and the highest amount we have had is 133 gallons.” Jones said he tried to sit down with the village to renegotiate the agreement, arguing the town is not even at one half of the amount they are allowed. Jerusalem later sent the agreement with the village to the New York State Association of Towns which informed the town they are locked in and that any intermunicipal agreement is only good for five years with certain exceptions related to indebtedness which could extend the life of the agreement. Jones said, “We did not get in any financial arrangement with Penn Yan.” In February 2007 the town said the contract was nulll and void and they would not pay any more money.
Jones said the agreement with Penn Yan was signed before he was town supervisor and was signed in good faith. For the past two or three years the sewage from the East Bluff Drive extension has been metered so that the town now knows exactly what is being sent to the treatment plant in Penn Yan.

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