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Milo plans to add steep slopes law

MILO—Discussion of steep slope regulations dominated the meeting of the Milo town board on Sept. 20. (A steep slope is usually defined as an incline that is 15 percent or more.) The town has been considering a law to regulate this type of land use. A proposed law was written for the town by Yates County Soil and Water Conservation District (YCSWCD).
During the meeting, Supervisor John Socha suggested the law may be turned over to Larson Engineers for their comments before a public hearing is scheduled. Public hearings are required before laws may be adopted.
Planning board member Julie Engle said Soil and Water has reviewed it since their revisions were made and it is now in the final form. Town council member Leslie Church said there are concerns about implementation, ensuring follow through and that the law is not overly restrictive. She said, “You don’t want it to be more restrictive than other parts of the state.”
Church asked how much implementation and follow through would cost the town. Town resident Tim Dunn expressed frustration about the time that has been spent on planning the law and that nothing has been done. Zoning board member Bill Laffin suggested supervisors in Yates towns that have steep slope laws be contacted for information on how their laws are enforced. Jerusalem and Torrey have steep slope laws.
In other business: Assessor Patrick Grimaldi said the state is formulating rules for updating assessments. He said it is hard to go into it without knowing the rules. Originally the state would have required redata collection of every house in the town. Grimaldi told board members the town is waiting for funds from the state for last year’s work.
• Socha said the town legal line is considerably over budget at this time. He said, “It seems everything we do, we have to get a legal opinion.” Socha said the budget may have be increased for this item next year.
• A budget workshop was scheduled at 5 p.m. Sept. 30. The next meeting of the Milo town board will be at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18. Both meetings will be in the town hall on Main Street in Penn Yan.



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