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Jerusalem town board 08/19/09

Meeting: Jerusalem town board met for approximately two and one half hours Aug. 19 followed by an executive session to discuss litigation lasting approximately five minutes.
Attendance: All members of the town council were present. Ten members of the public were in the audience.
Action: After the executive session which followed the regular agenda, the board returned to the meeting and unanimously passed a resolution to advise the town attorney to file a motion to appeal Judge Bender’s decision on March 4 regarding a dispute between the town and the village of Penn Yan for payment of sewer charges.
• Following a public hearing, rescinded the authority of the planning board to review subdivision plats. During the hearing, resident Ed Castillo said, “Ten years have gone by yet you don’t have a subdivision law where subdivision is defined. I’d like a law to replace it.  It’s time Jerusalem comes up and joins the real world. You have to do something to protect everybody.” Councilman Neil Simmons said, “What we’re rescinding tonight will have to be revised when we put a subdivision in place.” The town has indicated they would like to be lead agency for the required environmental review of the subdivision law. The matter will be referred to the  county planning board.
Discussion without action: Highway superintendent Bob Payne said he expects to receive Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) reimbursement in late September.
• Supervisor Daryl Jones spoke about progress on getting the crosswalks on the Four Corners in Branchport painted, possibly after Labor Day.
• The issue of Marcellus Shale drilling was on the agenda. Councilman Mike Folts said he has the names of two large landowners who would like to serve on a committee that is being formed by county planner Shawna Bonshak. Simmons said he had some concern about adequate representation on the committee from large towns.
• Speed limit signs on Rt. 54 east of Branchport were discussed with some individuals asking that the sign on the north side of the road be moved further to the east for safety. Councilman Ray Stewart said, “We have no say over were the state puts up speed limit signs.” With the sign committee work complete, other signs will be placed in the town.
• An application for a development in the area of Mill Street was discussed with owner David Wegman asking for a decision on the right of way. There are also questions about the existing zoning of the  site. Councilman Mike Folts said, “We need to find out what’s there and then give you an answer.”  Members of the town highway committee agreed to meet with the owners to view the property. Wegman said the project was scheduled to go to the planning board in September for final approval, asking what the next step is.
• Jones commended Marshall Gurnee who has been working on cleaning up the Heck/Herrick cemetery. Jones said he would the public to know that Gurnee is doing the work with a group of boy scouts and a karate club with the town’s blessing and commendation.
Appointments/resignations: Accepted with regret and thanks the resignation from the town planning board submitted by Annette Toaspern. She served on the board for 18 years.
Upcoming meetings: Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. in the town hall on Italy Hill. 

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