Meeting: The Penn Yan village board met for approximately two and one quarter hours Tuesday, March 17 followed by an executive session to discuss personnel matters lasting approximately 30 minutes. Attendance: Trustees Robert Hoban and Nancy Taylor were absent. No members of the public were in the audience. Action: Scheduled a public hearing March 30 at 4 p.m. in regards to a Small Cities Grant Program. The next hearing will follow at 4:05 p.m. in regard to submission of an application to “Restore NY Communities Initiative” for the village’s downtown restoration project.
• A public hearing was scheduled at 4 p.m. March 31 for consideration of an application to request funding to replace sewer and water mains along Brown Street.
• Approved a resolution supporting submission of a New York Main Street Program application by the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center.
• Scheduled the organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 21 to be followed at 6:45 p.m. by a public hearing on the village budget.
• Approved the Penn Yan firefighters parade August 22 at 6 p.m. as well as a route change for the parade, which will now line up on East Main Street and proceed on Lake Street to the Fireman’s Field. The change in route was made to eliminate many of the police officers needed to direct traffic during the parade.
• Approved Operation Graduation’s request to hold a Duck Race along the outlet trail from Main street to Cherry Street May 3 at 1 p.m.
• Approved the annual Penn Yan Area CROP Hunger Walk Sunday May 3 at 1:30 p.m.
• A motion to change certain features in the Police Benevolent Association health insurance, which was made following the executive session, was defeated. Discussion without action: The village police department will be enhancing enforcement of the seat belt law through the end of the month.
• Chief Gene Mitchell has been notified that the state can now do the village’s administrative study. Mitchell is collecting information requested for the study. Bids/purchases over $1,000: Approved purchase of a new 2009 Caterpillar 420E backhoe for the DPW from Milton Cat at the state bid amount of $69,511. Appointments/resignations: The board hired Keith Woodard, Sr. as a part time police officer. Upcoming meetings: The next regular village board meeting is April 21 at 7 p.m. in the village office on Elm Street in Penn Yan. The meeting will be preceded by the organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. and a public hearing on next year’s budget at 6:45 p.m.