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New board gets started in Penn Yan

PENN YAN—Village Justice Danny Hibbard administered the Oath of Office to Penn Yan officials before the organizational meeting of the village board April 5. Mayor Robert Church, William Allison and trustees Bart Winslow, Wayne Davidson, Michael Christensen and Chris Christensen were sworn in.
All except Chris Christensen were elected March 16. Chris Christensen was named to complete Church’s unexpired term by the new mayor. She comes to the one-year post with a strong financial background, having been associated with Murphy and Associates for several years and Murphy and Bishop Tax Service prior to that.
At the beginning of the meeting that followed the swearing in, Church told the board, “In the next four years the village will be facing the challenge of providing the expected services at the lowest possible costs. What needs to be understood is the problems that we are facing.” Church went on to state approximately 40 percent of the property within the village is tax exempt property as contrasted to approximately 23 percent in Yates County. Church said the village also provides police and fire protection to the tax exempt properties at no cost. The village receives little state aid, mainly in Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) funds. It receives no revenue from sales or occupancy taxes.
Church plans to aggressively seek out grants and other forms of revenue to provide additional revenue to support village programs. He said, “I realize the next four years will become a real challenge, but I hope that all of us embrace the challenge and work hard for the best interests of the village.”
In other business: The regular meeting of the village board will be on the third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the village hall on Elm Street.
Church named chairpersons of standing committees including Finance, Bart Winslow; Personnel, Richard Stewart; Parks and Recreation, Chris Christensen; Planning and Development, Wayne Davidson; Public Safety, Michael Christensen and Public Works, William Allison. He reappointed Allison as Vice mayor.
Routine appointments were also made during the meeting.
The Full Environmental Assessment form for the revision of the village parks Master Plan was reviewed and accepted.

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