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Jerusalem town board 07/15/09

Meeting: Jerusalem town board met for approximately one and three quarter hours July 15.
Attendance: All members of the town council were present. Ten members of the public were in the audience.
Action: Approved name changes of two main roads in the town. Route 54A from Penn Yan to the Four Corners in Branchport will be officially named State Route 54A and the section of Route 54A from the Four Corners to the Steuben County line will be officially named West Lake Road, Branchport. The vote was unanimous.
Discussion without action: Engineer for the town Wayne Ackart reported there has been another lightning strike on the upper water tank at the state park; the fifth. He said damage was minimal however the situation needs to be evaluated because every time it goes out it has to be operated manually until it is back on line. He suggested some good lightning protection be investigated.
• Councilman Neil Simmons asked if the town could apply the net gain from the water overcharge from Penn Yan to principal on bonds. Ackart said most cannot be prepaid and he believes Penn Yan will give the town a credit toward the next quarter’s bill rather than a cash refund.
• The board discussed proposed changes to the law on multiple dwellings.  Councilman Ray Stewart said there has been a request that the planning board look at permits regarding roads and driveways in connection with Marcellus Shale drilling. Stewart urged Supervisor Daryl Jones to name a committee to study the matter. Council member Loretta Hopkins added, “They also need to look at weights on roads. Most of the problems have come up because people did not have good information when they signed leases. People must be very, very careful.” Simmons suggested a meeting could be scheduled to provide information on leases for town residents.
• There was discussion on subdivisions with planning board member Mary Coriale asking why the town board wants to take away the ability of the planning board to review subdivisions. Coriale said a subdivision ordinance will be coming before the board in August.  Following discussion, Jones said the board will have to get something in writing from the town attorney.
• Jones announced TLM Excavating had received approval of a three year Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program for duplexes to be built on Skyline Drive.
• Jones reported he had asked the state to paint crosswalks at the Four Corners however the state will not paint crosswalks across 54A, just on Guyanoga Road and Italy Hill. The reason given is that the sidewalks do not line up. Resolution of this issue will be studied.
Bids/purchases over $1,000: Approved purchase of a loader for the highway department  to replace a machine that is 15 years old. Highway superintendent Robert Payne said he looked at state bid machines, however a John Deere machine from Five Star Equipment in Rochester met the specifications. The $126,652 for the machine will be taken from the highway machinery account and a resolution for disposal of the old machine will be considered at the Aug. 19 meeting.
Upcoming meetings: Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. in the town hall on Italy Hill. 

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