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Jerusalem town board 09/16/09

Meeting: Jerusalem town board met for approximately one and one half hours  Wednesday, Sept. 16.
Attendance: All council members were present. Twelve members of the public were in the audience.
Action: Scheduled three public hearings Oct. 21 on local laws. The first is a Nuisance Abatement law which would assist the code enforcement officer with property maintenance issues. The second is to correct a mistake in rear yard setback requirements in R-1 districts and the third will amend the Branchport Service Park to include the Mahoney property.
• The board approved new boundaries for Mill Street. State Environmental Quality Review process has been completed for the change.
• Established two sewer reserve funds; one capped at $150,000 for mains and pump station and one for general repair capped at $75,000. The mains and pump station fund is subject to permissive referendum. A public hearing on the funds was scheduled for Oct. 21.
• Scheduled a public hearing on proposed subdivision regulations at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Branchport/Keuka Park firehouse on Route 54A.
Discussion without action: A postcard will be sent to all town residents regarding the addressing changes to provide a “heads up.”
• The planning board sent a draft of wind farm regulations to the town attorney. A public hearing will be scheduled after the attorney’s recommendations are received.
• The tentative 2010 general budget was distributed and a workshop scheduled at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the town hall.
• Supervisor Daryl Jones is working w-+ith the New York State Department of Transportation on relocating the 35 mile per hour signs on Route 54A east of Branchport. Residents had expressed safety concerns related to the existing placement of the signs that were discussed at the August meeting of the town board.
• Councilman Mike Folts told the board a center line has been painted on County House Woods Road in response to resident’s safety concerns. He said residents have commented the lines have helped. Prior to the project, vehicles were often in the center of the road as they crested the hill.
• Town Historian Bob Evans presented the board with a sign that used to be over Sugar Creek. The sign was found by a contractor during excavation and has the name of Evans’ grandfather, who was highway superintendent, on it. Evans said there were eight or nine bridges over the creek but most were washed away in a flood in 1905.  The sign will be displayed at the town hall.
• Heard a report on the successful summer recreation program from Director Bev Eggleston.
• Highway Superintendent Bob Payne reported the new loader has been delivered. The old equipment will be sent to auction.
• The town is still working on the issue of cleaning the town office.  The board is considering making the position that of a part time town employee.
• Declared Sept. 17 to 23 Constitution Week.
Upcoming meetings: The next regular board meeting will be Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in the town hall on Italy Hill Road in Branchport.  

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