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Milo adopts hydrofracking moratorium

MILO—At the Monday, March 21, meeting the Milo town board voted to adopt a one year moratorium on hydrofracking in the town.
Yates County Legislator Mark Morris attended the meeting. He said, “A moratorium gives you some additional time. It puts you in a good spot for planning.” The proposal will be reviewed by town attorney Robert Foster before a public hearing on the moratorium is scheduled.
Prior to the vote, council member Leslie Church said the town needs more time to review information and results. Board member Jim Harris said he doesn’t think it will ever happen here because there is not enough Marcellus shale in this area. He added, “But that is not to say it couldn’t come down the road at some time.”
In other business:
• Following a public hearing and State Environmental Quality Review, the board voted to adopt the Uniform Wastewater Treatment Plan. This replaces a plan passed in 1993. There are two zones. Zone 1, the critical water protection zone, includes land with on-site wastewater systems within 200 feet of a lake and watercourse. Zone 2 is all other land in the town.  The law outlines standards for design of new and replacement wastewater systems.
• The board heard a report on 2010 statistics for the town from Sheriff Ron Spike. The sheriff’s department handled 895 calls during the year. Navigation complaints were the highest at 49. Motor vehicle accidents involving deer, dog complaints and harassment calls were the next highest. Spike said it was a busy year.
• Councilman Arne Sorensen reported the town justice court has received a grant of $3,444. It will be used for upgrading programs in both computers and to purchase additional furniture.
 • The board accepted the resignation of planning board member Carroll “Cubby” Graves who is moving out of state. Following an executive session the board named Linda Chambers to the balance of Graves’ term. Chambers term will expire December 31, 2013. Kay Williamson was named chairman of the planning board.
The next meeting of the Milo town board will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 18, in the town office on Main Street in Penn Yan.  




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