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Milo approves moratorium

    MILO—The town of Milo board unanimously passed a 12-month moratorium on hydrofracking following a public hearing on Monday, July 18.
    Prior to receiving comments from the public, Milo Supervisor John Socha said, “It would give us time to lay groundwork and protect ourselves as best we can. We are the fresh water capital of the world. We do not want to lose that.”
    Socha asked Yates County Legislator and Milo resident Mark Morris to speak about the committee Yates County established on the hydrofracking issue. Morris said the committee looked at what the county and towns can do if hydrofracking comes here. Morris said the county sent a resolution to the governor asking that Yates be treated the same as the Hudson River watershed. This was not approved.
    Milo town council member Leslie Church, who is also a Yates County legislator, said, “I imagine we will look at all the ways to protect the health and welfare of our community.” Resident Roger Hayes expressed concern about the dangers to the Mennonite community from large trucks used in the process. Resident Bill Laffin said the town should look at zoning.  The moratorium will go into effect as soon as it is filed with the state.
    In other business: S2AY Rural Health Network representative Theresa Lahr spoke to the board about a grant the organization received to assist municipalities and work sites in implementing formal policies and local legislation to limit the sale and availability of sugar sweetened beverages. Lahr said a reason for concern is the growing trend of obesity.




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