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Penn Yan offers sidewalk program

PENN YAN—The Penn Yan village is accepting applications for the sidewalk improvement program this summer.
Director of public works Dick Osgood said the offer lets village residents pay for new sidewalks at least half of what it would cost otherwise. The cost of an approved application is $4.25 per square foot. Osgood said there are no other restrictions on the program other than being a village resident. It is first come, first serve.
The application deadline is March 15, and payment is due by June 15. Applications are available at the village office, 111 Elm St., Penn Yan.
Osgood said the cost includes the village tearing out the old sidewalk, putting gravel down, cement, a finisher, a hardener, and reseeding of grass afterwards. Osgood said the regular cost to this would be at least double the $4.25 per square foot. He added the village uses a fiber mix concrete that is more resistant to cracking than regular concrete.
“It’s pretty competitively priced,” he said.
He explained that usually 15 people each summer take advantage of the program. He added that sometimes a person does not pay, and then the village accepts another resident’s application. However, he also said that most years, there are funds left over after the projects.
Some examples of the work include the sidewalk outside the Sampson Theatre and the pavement to the new fire station addition. Osgood said the program has been around since he has worked at the public works department, in 2002. Work usually takes place in June and early July, depending on what other big projects the village has to do. Osgood said work usually lasts three weeks doing all the sidewalks.
He explained the program is written up in the village law. Each year at the organizational meeting the price is decided. Osgood explained the price used to be automatically set at $2, but that become costly after a while. It was after that that the village board set the price at the start of each year.

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