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Spike shares coverage report

PENN YAN—Sheriff Ron Spike gave a report on calls for service his office received in 2009 from the town of Milo to the March 15 meeting of the town board.
There was a total of 1,378 calls answered by the department in the town excluding the Village of Penn Yan. The highest number of calls were for emergency medical services due to illness, at 140. Motor vehicle accidents with injury were second highest with 63 calls followed by domestic violence at 62 calls.  Spike said domestic violence calls included anyone in the same household.
Summer months produced the largest number of calls and Spike pointed out one difference in the days of most calls. In Milo the largest number of calls were on Wednesday and Sunday. He said often Saturday is the day of the week with the most calls and Sunday the least in other towns. The document listed calls by type as well as the months in which they were received. Spike said, “There is always a lot going on. I wanted to get around to see if you had questions, complaints or concerns.”
In other business: The Keuka Maid was one of the discussion items during the meeting. Owner Robert Pfuntner has proposed moving the boat from its mooring in Hammondsport to an area on Keuka Lake near the restaurant he owns in Penn Yan. Spike said if the engines were removed from the boat it would be turned into a barge. If it is a barge and towed it changes things. Engineer for the town Wayne Ackart agreed it would be a totally different situation, but it may not be an issue. The dinner boat has not left its mooring for several years due to new laws in the state regarding inspection of this type of craft and its size has made compliance difficult. Previously an injunction prevented moving the boat to the Penn Yan area.
• Supervisor John Socha reported the emergency security system is to be installed in the town hall very soon.
• The board accepted the low bid of $62,900 for a used roller from Advantage Equipment of Syracuse. The cost will be shared with the Town of Torrey.
• Approved referral of the final draft of the Steep Slope Law to the town and county planning boards and beginning of the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process.
• Adopted a local law imposing a six month moratorium on multi family buildings.
• Authorized the supervisor to sign the Himrod Fire Protection Contract in the amount $79,630.
• Council member Leslie Church said she had spoken to assessor Randy Deal regarding the town Web site. She said some updates have been made to the site and if town residents have suggestions for the site they should be sent to the webmaster.
• Agriculture committee chairman Dale Hallings said the group met on March 1. He has been contacted by the town of Benton regarding establishing this type of committee in the town and has spoken to several towns that are looking at forming an agriculture committee. Made up of farm and residential members, the Milo committee was formed to help resolve disputes.
The next meeting of the Milo town board will be at 7 p.m. on April 19 in the town hall on Main Street in Penn Yan. 

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