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Committee forms to look into fire spending

PENN YAN—The special committee named Mayor Bob Church to investigate spending of funds from Penn Yan’s $42,500 contract with the fire department met for the first time April 29. After a complaint was received regarding how contract funds are spent, Church named the committee to look into the matter.
Committee members are chairman Michael Christensen and trustees Wayne Davidson and Chris Christensen. The chairman began by stating, “We are meeting regarding the expenses. We have some hardworking volunteers at the department. We need to address the expense issues. Chris will review the data with Shawna Wilber and summarize to get a handle on it and compare it with Federal per diem guidelines.” New village board member Chris Christensen has a background of several decades in finance. Wilber is village clerk/treasurer.
Michael Christensen noted some of the mileage and use of personal vehicles may have been under compensated, adding, “I’m not sure.” Davidson and trustee Rich Stewart will interview the fire chiefs to learn the history of the contracts and how the money was used.
The group discussed the definition of open meetings with attorney Ed Brockman, who was also present at the meeting and clarified regulations related to New York State Open Meetings law.
The April 29 meeting went into closed session immediately after it was convened. After the meeting concluded, the meeting was reopened to the public and Brockman explained the group was meeting in closed session. This is allowed when the meeting is with the attorney for legal information or advice on a topic.

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