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Playground will be built at Indian Pines

PENN YAN—Indian Pines Park is due for a major renovation project and June 26 the first phase will get underway with installation of a new playground. Workers are being recruited to help from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. that Saturday. Village Recreation Director Dan Doyle said the $80,000 grant-supported project will provide a new playground as well as benches, grills and other improvements at the park.
Doyle told the board he is planning to submit a grant application for a grant for funds for land acquisition to build more athletic fields. The application is due July 12. Following the meeting, Doyle said he didn’t want to reveal the location of the property because that information could negatively impact the project. He did say the land is not in the village but could be annexed at a later date if the grant is received.
Village attorney Ed Brockman said he hopes to have a resolution for adoption of the village park master plan ready for the July 20 village board meeting.
In other business: Public Works Committee Chairman Willie Allison said he has met with representatives of New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) regarding the Liberty Street bridge. He said there are new drawings of alternative routes that have been suggested. He said DOT representatives want to come up with recommendations. They will attend the July 20 meeting of the village board and a public hearing will be scheduled in August. Allison said he wants to commend DOT for including the village in the process. The Liberty Street bridge will be replaced in 2011 and the project is expected to take six months to complete. Brockman said he hoped the weight of heavy trucks on the Main Street bridge during construction has been taken into account.
• Public safety committee chairman Michael Christensen said the Ad Hoc committee that is studying the fire department contract issue met June 10. Spending policies and procedures and amending the budget were discussed. He said the committee intends to meet with the fire chiefs the week of June 21, adding, “More and more information is coming in regarding the comptroller’s opinions.” Christensen thanked village clerk Shawna Wilber and Brockman for their assistance. Christensen also emphasized the committee is not investigating the fire department, calling recent reports of an investigation inaccurate. He said, “There is nothing to investigate.”
• Public safety committee met with fire chiefs June 14 and third assistant fire chief Michael Clancy reported the facade at the fire house has been completed and some work done on the floor drains. He brought the committee up to date on the process of incorporating the fire department, noting this may dovetail into the review of fire department structure.
• The Civil War Encampment at Oliver House Museum July 10 was approved. Police Chief Mark Hulse and Code Enforcement Officer Bruce Lyon met with historical society director John Potter and concerns about small bonfires at the site were addressed. There will be a gunfire demonstration from 9 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. without projectiles. Both Hulse and Lyon recommended approval of the event.
• Scheduled a public hearing regarding certain reserved spaces for firefighters, handicapped individuals and at Henderson’s Drug Store in the firehouse parking lot. The hearing will be at the July 20 meeting of the village board.
• A second public hearing regarding definition of relatives was scheduled at 6:05 p.m. at the July 20 meeting. Village attorney Ed Brockman said the definition of relative has changed because of changes in our society.
• Brockman recommended the Community Revitalization Committee seek abstracts on properties that have applied for grants or loans. Keuka Abstract would prepare the abstracts for between $95 and $175, depending on how long the applicant has owned the property. The abstract would determine if there are any liens or unpaid taxes on the property. Brockman said, “It’s prudent to do this.” The abstract would be prepared after a loan was approved and funds for the abstract would come out of the loan balance.
• Code enforcement issues were discussed with the denial of an application by Knapp & Schlappi Lumber first item of discussion. They had applied for an above ground propane storage tank for their Lake Street business. The original request had to be denied because village code requires village board approval due to the fact the tank applied for is larger than Lyon can approve. The application was approved by the board.
• Brockman said Keuka Housing Council asked the village code enforcement officer to inspect houses for which the organization is providing funds to determine whether there are any hazardous materials on the property. Keuka Housing Council has no funds or trained staff to do the inspection. Lyon said he has concerns about village liability if he inspected the property and Brockman echoed the concern. Lyon said he also has issues about doing the inspection because it would require him to certify there were no hazardous materials on or near the property. Mayor Bob Church said, “They should provide their own expert.” Keuka Housing Council will be advised of the board’s decision.
• Trustee Bart Winslow spoke about the problem of excessive traffic in Lakeview Cemetery with the opening of the gate on Court Street. He recommending closing the gate. Traffic will be monitored and the gate would be open for emergencies which will prevent the roadway through the cemetery from being used as a short cut from the area near the school complex to Elm Street. Either police or fire department would be able to open the gate. Trustee Willie Allison said the gate has been closed in the past.
• Allison spoke about the paving project on South Avenue and Garfield Street. He said, “Two years ago we tried a new pavement process. It didn’t hold up as well as we thought and will be repaved. We tried to save some money and it didn’t work for us.”
The next meeting of the Penn Yan village board will be at 6 p.m. July 20 at the village office building on Elm Street.

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