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Milo gets the legal bill for the Keuka Maid

MILO—The town of Milo won’t pay any more toward legal fees related to the effort to prevent the Keuka Maid from mooring at the north end of Keuka Lake. Yates County asked the town to share in the cost of legal charges that followed an unsuccessful attempt to bring the boat to Yates County on Nov. 1. The total is $5,532 and the town’s share is $1,383.16.
Councilman Jim Harris said, “Pfuntner (owner Robert Pfuntner) caused this. Why should the taxpayers of Yates County pay for his mistake?”
Councilman Dale Hallings reminded the board they had passed a resolution several months ago that stated the town was done with paying legal fees related to the Keuka Maid. Council member Leslie Church said that at the time the resolution was passed the town thought the boat would not be moved. Church said many Milo residents don’t want to see it beached up here. Harris responded, “When he sells the junk he can pay our bill. He had no right to move that boat.”
Hallings asked why there were legal fees this time. Yates County Legislator Mark Morris responded. Morris said Yates County is looking at some legal work to make sure Keuka Maid can’t be brought here. He said the county discussed whether to ask Penn Yan and Milo to share the cost. Morris said the county thought the three entities should work together to make sure the boat doesn’t come up here. Morris said Yates County plans a meeting within the next two or three weeks to discuss whether legal action should continue. Following the discussion a motion to pay the bill followed. In a roll call vote, the measure failed four to one. Church voted yes.
In other business: The local dog licensing law was adopted following a public hearing. An inter-municipal agreement with Yates County regarding dog control was also passed.
• Supervisor John Socha said a letter has been sent to consultant Tom Harvey asking him to submit the new zoning map and redefinition of all zoning to the town by Jan. 31, 2011. Socha said he feels the town should attack things one at a time. The new committee will be the Legislative Adoption-Consulting Committee. Socha wants to take zoning out of the hands of the planning board. He said there will be a committee to address new laws one at a time. Committee members will be appointed at the annual organizational meeting. The committee will be composed of a representative from Yates County Planning Board, Town Planning Board, Town Zoning Board, Town Attorney, Code Enforcement Officer and two Town of Milo residents.
•A local law to enact a moratorium on Adult Use Business was referred to the town and county planning boards.
• Socha spoke about a new state mandate. It requires an environmental review. If state funds are used on purchase of a home. Socha said the town has been advised not to sign such a review.
The organizational meeting was scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 5, 2011. The next regular meeting of the Milo Town Board will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011.



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