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New state water regulations will affect towns

MILO—At the Milo town board meeting, Oct. 19, Town Engineer Wayne Ackart briefed town officials about the new state regulations for drinking water and disinfection by-products.
Ackart reported the details after attending a state Department of Health (DOH) meeting.  Ackart said there will be extensive renovations needed at the Penn Yan plant. Work would solve two problems: maintaining chlorine residuals and addressing problems with trihalomethane. Ackart said the cost of the improvements is not known at this time. Also attending the meeting were representatives of area municipalities that purchase drinking water from the village.
In other business: Ackart said he visited the Himrod Water District and extension with former town supervisor Jack Snow and that Snow commended town highway department employee Reggie Davenport on how he has “jumped in on the job.” The Himrod Water District had to be upgraded due to poor test results by DOH and adjacent properties were added to the original district by the extension. The old system was taken off line  Oct. 12 and the project will be complete by the end of October with the exception of some restoration work, which will be done in the spring.
• Deputy supervisor Earle Gleason reported on hunting license sales. In September 2008, sales through the Milo office totaled $9,078. Of that amount, $458 was retained by the town. In September 2009, hunting licenses totaling $32,490 were sold and the town retained $907. The Department of Environmental Conservation collects most of the fees collected by the town.
• The board discussed a proposal from consultant Tom Harvey to help with a map of zoning changes based on the recently adopted town comprehensive plan. The time outlined in Harvey’s proposal, 18 months, was discussed at length. In response to a question from a member of the audience regarding the length of time to complete the work, town clerk Pat Christensen said the proposal includes the time needed for the change in law which would include public hearings. She said the comprehensive plan had identified the zoning change project as needing up to 18 months to complete. Plan chairperson Dale Hallings said the map that is included in the plan, which is online at the town website, is a guideline map. Hallings said allowing 18 months to complete the project would also allow the cost to be spread over two budget years. Harvey and consultant Reggie O’Hearn assisted the town in developing the new comprehensive plan. Following discussion, the board voted to authorize town supervisor John Socha to sign the contract pending approval by the town attorney.
• The board voted to lease a new copier to replace the current machine that is approximately 10 years old.
• A public hearing on the proposed 2010 budget was scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5.
The next regular meeting of the Milo town board will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in the town hall on Main Street in Penn Yan.

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