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Watkins approves zoning adjustments

WATKINS GLEN—The Watkins Glen village board approved Local Law #1 involving zoning changes, at the regular meeting Monday, June 21.  
After a 20 minute public hearing with minimal response, the action was completed.  According to Mayor Judy Phillips, a few adjustments were done, the language was cleaned up, and definitions were added.  “There are no other serious changes,” Phillips said.  The new zoning law will take affect within the next two to four weeks.  
Schuyler County Administrator Tim O’Hearn was present at the meeting to ask that the village transfer a 10 foot in depth by 210 feet in length strip of land in front of the sewage treatment plant to the county.  In order to continue with the project of building townhouses at Seneca Harbor Park, an alternative access point needs to be established.  “By doing this it will allow a $14 million project to move forward,” O’Hearn said.  
The village board approved to go ahead with the transfer.  According to O’Hearn the deal “really alters nothing” it will remain public, park land.
Superintendent of Public Works, Mark Specchio, also announced that the state did release funds for a village road project.  He has contacted the contractor with the lowest bid and will receive a paving schedule soon.  
The Watkins Glen village board awarded Cardinal Disposal in Dundee as lowest recycle bid for the village.  Cardinal will provide by weekly pickup for $1,950 per month.  This bid will cost about $24,000 a year which is lower than what the village is currently paying at about $30,000 per year.  
The board awarded an electric meter bid to Itron with the lowest of $47.90 per unit.  The village already has a number of automated meter systems with this company, and the new systems will also be Itron systems.  “It will be a very easy blend and it should work well,” Specchio said.  The village currently lacks about 700 meters, and plans to buy about 400 meters to help meet this problem.
The board also approved hiring a number of lifeguards at the park and summer recreation counselors, after they were reviewed, references were checked, and backgrounds were run though the police department.  Trustee Gregory Coon asked that strict standards regarding harassment, name calling, and verbal abuse be put in their contracts as well.
A few members of the public also asked that the 30 mile per hour speed limit be enforced, to possibly have stop signs placed at the intersection of Second and Decatur Streets, that residents trim trees hanging over sidewalks, and require old sale signs be removed within a timely manner.  
The next regular meeting of the Watkins Glen village board will take place Monday, July 19 at 8 p.m.  

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