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Public votes against property purchase

PENN YAN—The purchase of a Liberty Street property by Penn Yan School was voted down by district residents, Tuesday Feb. 10.
The totals from the vote were 387 against the purchase and 261 for it.  The property, at 524 Liberty Street, would have been torn down to expand either the parking lot or to convert to tennis courts.   Superintendent Ann Orman said that a vote a few years ago showed the public was in favor of this venture.
"The community does not want us to buy it in this economic climate," she said about the change in public position.
The school district will not be adding any more property at this time due to the vote.  Orman added that once construction at the school was complete they would have the option of turning the space where construction trailers sit into parking or tennis courts.
Both parking and tennis courts have been a problem.  Orman said that if an event is held at the schools there is never enough parking and some people need to park a long way to get to the school.  At the same time, they do not have enough tennis courts when matches are held at Penn Yan.  She explained that Penn Yan has fewer courts than other schools and players often need to wait for an open court.

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