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Jerusalen town board

   Meeting: The Jerusalem town board met for approximately two hours on Wednesday, May 18. The meeting was followed by an executive session to discuss legal matters which lasted one hour.
   Attendance: All town council members were present. Approximately 14 members of the public were in the audience.
   Action: The board asked town Attorney Phil Bailey to draft a position statement regarding current Penn Yan sewer charges. The request was made following the executive session.
   Discussion without action: Highway Superintendent Bob Payne said  Yates County is checking to see if federal funds might be available to assist with the cost of repairing storm damage. It is possible that the town could get some funds if FEMA declares the storm a disaster. Payne said road work is behind. He also told the board he intends to run for another term as highway superintendent.
   • Councilman Michael Folts asked if the town could get an independent assessor to review the assessments of elected officials.
   • The board discussed the possibility of withdrawing from the Yates County Workman’s Compensation program. Legislature Chairman Taylor Fitch asked the board to review information. A decision must be made by July 1.
   • Councilman Ray Stewart reported the Conservation Renewable Energy Committee plans a highway cleanup from Jud’s Stonehouse Nursery on Rt. 54A to Branchport. Stewart said the committee is trying to reach other organizations to see if they are interested in participating.
   • Resident Ed Seus told the board an impact study on hydrofracking will try to take a balanced approach to the issue. Larson Engineers will work with the committee and has asked for town concerns.
   • Draft windmill regulations will be considered at the June planning board meeting.
   • The Rt. 54A zoning committee is planning a public meeting at Keuka College, Tuesday, June 7.
   Upcoming meetings: Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. in the town hall on Italy Hill Road. 




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