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Milo town board discusses training for volunteer boards

MILO—Grievance Day in the town of Milo will again be in compliance this year. The town changed the day previously due to  assessor Randy Deal’s schedule. This year it will be the fourth Tuesday in May, May 26.
• Planning board member Julie Engel said the planning board has not received an application from Dale Lane as yet for a proposed 40 unit townhouse development. Engel noted town code doesn’t allow townhouses or condos and asked the town board if the planning board could entertain this type of application when it is not allowed in town law. Capability of the wastewater plant in Penn Yan if plans go forward was also discussed with engineer for the town Wayne Ackart who commented, “We have capacity in our contract for 40 houses.” Discussion later in the meeting focused on training for members of planning and zoning boards and how much should be required by the town. The state requires four of training annually for members of these volunteer boards. Engel asked if Pace Law School Beginners Guide to Land Use Law could be used as part of the four hour annual training requirement for those boards.
• Town resident Tim Dunn told the board New York State Department of Transportation told him a sign on Route 54A does not meet state specifications and no permit was issued for it and it must be removed. Several people attended the March board meeting to express concerns about the sign.
• Greg Cumming, engineer for Larson Engineering, reported on progress of the Himrod Water District project. He said all easements have been signed. His biggest concern is the water treatment facility which is not scheduled to be on line until mid-July. He plans to send an e-mail to the contractor detailing why work must be completed in time. Any costs, fines or engineering fees if the project is not completed on time could be passed on to the contractor. It is possible that the New York State Department of Health would grant an extension of the deadline.
• The board scheduled a public hearing on the town master plan at 7 p.m. May 20.
• An increase in bond coverage was approved for all designated employees, following suggestion by the town’s insurance agent.
• The board agreed to advertise for replacement of the town barn roof with bids due May 14. In a related matter, the board also authorized replacement of an exhaust pipe/flue for the building at a cost of $3,000.
The next regular meeting of the Milo town board will be at 7 p.m. May 18 in the town hall on Main Street in Penn Yan.

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