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Palmesano invites Wayne to agriculture group

WAYNE—The town of Wayne’s agriculture and market council has been invited by Assemblymen Phil Palmesano to join a regional agriculture committee.
Steuben County Legislature Joe Hauryski made the announcement at the Tuesday, May 10, Wayne town board meeting.  A press release from Palmesano’s office explained the committee’s purpose is to brainstorm ideas concerning agriculture in Yates and Steuben Counties.
Palmesano’s office said he is planning a May meeting for the group.  The Assemblyman is also approaching other potential task force members from Yates and Steuben.  Hauryski was appointed chair of the task force.
Wayne Supervisor Steve Butchko said it was an honor to be asked.  He added the town’s agriculture council is only a year old.
In other business:
Council President Mark Plaisted also spoke to the board about use of the former Boy Scout cabin, located on the corner of Keuka Hill Road and County Route 87.  The group wants to turn it into an information center about agriculture in Wayne.  Butchko said the troop that used it dissolved and it has been vacant for at least 10 years.
Butchko said the group is currently seeing what work and cleanup is needed.  He added the ag group found a lot of old Boy Scout items and memorabilia in the cabin.  The regional Boy Scout council did not want it due to space limits.  Butchko said the Wayne council wants to hold a day when former Boy Scout members in the area can come and claim items.
Board member Dennis Carlson suggested the town pass a moratorium on hydrofracking for when the state allows drilling.  The board asked for more information.
The next Wayne town board meeting is Tuesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. 




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