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Village does not want sewer district

PENN YAN—Efforts on the part of the Yates County Fairgrounds to establish a sewer district at that site (just east of Penn Yan) have ground to a halt for the time being.
The sewer issue was a part of the Milo town meeting, on Monday evening, April 19.
Currently, waste is trucked to the Penn Yan sewage treatment plant from the fairgrounds facility that is just 600 feet from a Penn Yan sewer line. All expenses of the district would have been paid by the fair.
A meeting that had been scheduled between fair representative Dale Lane and the village to discuss the possibility of the village creating a sewer district was cancelled. Engineer for the town of Milo Wayne Ackart said he was informed via e-mail that the village was not interested in establishing a sewer district at the fairgrounds, but Lane and other fair representatives were not notified.
The fairgrounds has village water but not electric because village electric cannot be provided to new customers outside village limits. Ackart said the town of Milo could establish a sewer district. Lane checked with the village and was told there isn’t a reason that it couldn’t be connected to the village system if a town sewer district was formed.
Discussion followed about areas near the fairgrounds that might be interested in being part of a sewer district. Ackart said the town’s permit allows sending 65,000 gallons a day to the Penn Yan system and the town has never reached that amount. Ackart said the town has enough capacity to serve the fairgrounds and other nearby areas.
The need for the fairgrounds to be connected to a public sewer has become more of an issue in recent years when more events have been scheduled at the site. Furthermore, Mennonites built a large structure at the site that is used for the annual Mennonite Relief Sale. Councilman Jim Harris said the Mennonite community is interested in building another structure at the fairgrounds. Ackart added, “There are great things happening up there.” Discussion will continue with fair representatives about the possibility of a town sewer district for the area. Ackart said, “To be continued.”
In other business: Councilman Jim Harris asked about the status of zoning of town property near Sarrasin’s Restaurant. Currently town attorney Bob Foster is checking on the zoning for the area. Harris asked if the Milo board is interested in approaching the village of Penn Yan to see if they want to annex the property into the village. The site in question is a small area at the mouth of the Keuka Lake Outlet that is surrounded by village property. After discussion, the board agreed to approach the village to see if they are interested.
In a related matter, town resident Bill Laffin asked if the portion of town law regarding unsafe structures could be enforced regarding a dock at the mouth of the outlet that is in very poor repair.
• Council member Church announced Grievance Day will be the fourth Tuesday in May.
• There have been discussions about a possible change in zoning on the south side of Airport Road.
• Supervisor John Socha said the Operation and Maintenance on the Himrod Water District is running a little high and the Department of Health is requiring levels to be checked twice a day.
• Church asked about conditions at the Country Estates subdivision. She is particularly concerned about the drainage pond not being maintained. Ackart said, “They have a lot of cleaning up to do there this spring. The road needs a lot of work. It’s time to pursue it.” He will follow up on the issue with Highway Superintendent Phil Strong.
• The board approved work on the overloaded computer server to be done by Alpha Computing of Geneva at a cost of $2,300.
• The board approved a health care buyout plan for full time employees with designated years of service to the town. Councilman Dale Hallings said the plan falls within what is done in other towns.
• A public hearing was scheduled at 7 p.m. May 17 for comments on a major subdivision proposal. The proposal will be sent to the town and county planning boards.
• Laffin asked if minutes of the town board, planning board and zoning board of appeals would be posted on the town website. Socha said there were no plans to do it because the town does not have the people to do it. He said, “If anyone wants to come in, we’d be happy to show them the minutes. Pat and the others are really stretched now.”
• Town resident Mark Morris expressed concerns about the variability in assessments, particularly when trying to make comparisons among properties.
The next meeting of the Milo Town Board will be at 7 p.m. May 17 in the town hall on Main Street in Penn Yan.

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