Emergency official voices concerns over NYSEG closing
YATES COUNTY—New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) has announced plans to close their facility in Penn Yan, a move that is of concern to many people in Yates County, particularly emergency service workers.
Yates County Emergency management director Glen Miller said, “It will have an impact. How much we’re still not sure.” He said many of the employees who now work out of the Penn Yan facility live in the area and now will have to add travel time from their homes in Penn Yan to the NYSEG facility in Geneva to pick up trucks before they return to the site of problems in Yates County.
Miller said he isn’t sure how much response time will be added, but said when you are waiting for help it can be too much. He said he is concerned that if there is a structure fire, anything that lengthens the response time is “not in our favor.” Emergency workers cannot remove wires or shut off natural gas in case of emergencies. Miller said there is some discussion of the possibility of some services for the Dundee area coming from NYSEG facilities south of Dundee.
At the Feb. 23 meeting, the Dundee Village board voted to write to NYSEG expressing their concern about the difficulties that would result if the Penn Yan site is closed. To date there has been no response to the letter, dated March 3.