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Association updates Milo on wastewater

PENN YAN—At the June 15 meeting of the Milo Town Board, Keuka Lake Association (KLA) representative Bill Laffin outlined a grant the organization is funding before requesting some financial support from the town. Reporting systems that allow wastewater managers to track the status of all wastewater systems that could have an impact on Keuka Lake, require 20 percent of all such systems to be inspected physically each year. The computer technology of Keuka Lake Watershed Improvement Cooperative’s (KWIC) reporting system has fallen behind and as a result the current computer system is not always reliable.
The board of directors of KWIC has sought a solution and because the costs came in during the middle of municipal budget years, KLA has agreed to fund 50 percent of the project, up to $12,000, also funding up to $2,400 in systems maintenance costs for each of the first three years of operation. Following his presentation, Laffin said that in order for KLA to fund half of the project, municipalities surrounding Keuka Lake are being asked to each share $1,500 of the cost. He said at least three municipalities have already agreed to participate. The Milo Town Board will make a decision on the request at their July 20 meeting.
In other business: The board heard an update on an ongoing issue with water charges from the village of Penn Yan during their June 15 meeting.
Wayne Ackart, engineer for the town, said the municipalities who purchase services from the Penn Yan Municipal Utilities Board (MUB), referred to as partners, met May 19 and attended the MUB meeting June 11. Spokesperson for the partners, Bill Webber, is meeting with MUB to negotiate Pulteney’s minimum purchase of water as opposed to use. That municipality and the town of Benton are the only two partners who have been unable to meet the minimum purchase requirement. Another frustration has been actual costs and reconciliation for the year. This would include the actual operating expenses for the plant for the year that ended May 30.
He said Penn Yan Clerk/Treasurer Shawna Wilber has said a new auditor is on board and reconciliation for 2008-09 is underway and figures should be available by July 20. Wilber also told Ackart all partners are entitled to attend the exit audit in mid-August. Ackart said there is some positive dialogue going on with the village, adding, “This is the first time in the contract,” calling recent developments, “A lot of positive things.”
In other business
• Larson Engineers representative Levi Zemak reported on progress on the Himrod Water District, noting 58 percent of the work is complete. The water tank is nearly ready for use.
• Discussion continued on the recently adopted Outdoor Furnace law which regulates the devices. Concerns about use of similar devices indoors in densely populated areas of the town were raised.
The next meeting of the Milo Town Board will be at 7 p.m. July 20 in the town hall on Main Street in Penn Yan.

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