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Chairperson, two members resign from board

DUNDEE—Village planning board chairperson Pamela Miller and two other members of the Dundee planning board have submitted their resignations from the board.
In Miller’s resignation letter dated Jan. 28 to Mayor Fred Cratsley Jr., Miller listed two reasons for resigning including, “What seems to be a growing lack of cooperation and communication between the planning board and other village personnel who must work closely with the planning board.” Miller said the planning board had spoken to Cratsley about the problem and offered several solutions but no action had been taken. She said the problem had continued to cause the planning board “many a tangled mess that we are left to straighten out.”
The other members who submitted resignations are June Vanskytis and Lillian Horton. Remaining members are Connie Prior, Deb Gleason and Shari Bone.
Village mayor Fred Cratsley Jr. was called out of the meeting and no discussion of the resignations took place during the Feb. 9 village board meeting. After the meeting, The Observer contacted Miller for additional comments. Miller said she didn’t want to speak any further about the issue. Later in the week, Cratsley at first said, “No comment.” Asked again, he said, “The planning board and myself had a difference of opinion on issues pertaining to the planning board and their job responsibilities.” He said there was an issue related to how the village code book was written regarding placement of a mobile home on property in the village.
In other business: Trustee Larry Howell said he is concerned that NYSEG will not be coming out of Penn Yan any longer to respond to calls. He said they will be based in Geneva, and asked if there is anything the village can do about it. He said his concern is the lapse of time for responding to problems and lack of familiarity with the area of crews from other sites. Howell said he hopes surrounding municipal boards bring it up, stating, “I feel down the road it will cause big problems.” Discussion centered around emergencies such as gas leaks or downed wires. In both cases NYSEG is responsible to address the problem. Fire Chief Dan Petersen said the department will discuss the matter at their next meeting.
• Streets superintendent Andy Howell said he had attended a meeting in the town of Jerusalem. The town is studying a local law on road preservation related to well drilling waste. He said that a law may be done on the county level so all municipalities have the same law, adding, “It would be good if everyone is on the same page.”
• Trucks, specifically their decibel level, were discussed. Trustee Greg Wright said local residents have asked him if anything can be done about the noise. Miller added speed is also an issue, with some trucks traveling through the village at 50 or 60 miles an hour. Wright asked if code enforcement could look into it and Howell said there are regulations if the municipality uses Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) funds. Enforcement was also discussed but the nearby communities of Watkins Glen and Penn Yan have their own police departments for enforcement of local laws. Howell said he would like the topic to be brought up at the next village board meeting.
• Health and Wellness project coordinator Lauren Snyder told the board the project has received funding for the next three years. The project is in the implementation stage. Snyder said the GED classes are going very well. Literacy Volunteers have been coming to Dundee to recruit volunteers and there are eight now. She said, “ A GED is one step to the future. This is really a big step. We’re also looking for more participants.” The next project meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the community room of the Dundee Youth Center on Main Street.
• Trustee Judy Duquette reminded the board Cool Beans Wi Fi is open at the Dundee Youth Center Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 until 10 p.m. She said youth ages 16 to 24 are targeted for the program, but all are welcome. Entertainment is offered on some of the evenings.
• The State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) was completed for the proposed Subdivision regulations. A public hearing will be scheduled, and the proposed law will be forwarded to the Yates County Planning Board for their review.
• Bids were opened for 2010 cemetery maintenance. Two bids were received: Penn Yan-based ARC bid $19,200 plus $2,750 for leaf cleanup in the fall. The second bid was from The Source Landscaping in Himrod for $21,450 with $2,500 for leaf cleanup. The bid was awarded to ARC, the low bidder.
• No bids were received for garbage service at the transfer site and it will be rebid.
• Budget workshops were scheduled Feb. 12, 18 and 25 at 4 p.m. and Feb. 23 following the board meeting which is scheduled at 5 p.m.
• Wastewater treatment plant operator Howard Sautter said the village has been allowed an extra month to complete the annual report and permit renewal for the plant. The closeout review on the grant is complete. Sautter noted village clerk Christine Sutherland did a good job on it, especially for the first grant. Sautter said he is waiting for information from Dundee Foods for the next grant and the Yates County Industrial Development Agency is assisting with that project.
The next meeting of the Dundee village board will be at 5 p.m. Feb. 23 in the village hall on Union Street.

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