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Wayne looks toward a water district

WAYNE—The Wayne town board decided to pursue a water district, at the July 15 meeting, after over a year of hearing from residents.
Supervisor Dawn Dowdle said that the board gave her permission to take the next steps with the town attorney.  She explained this includes preparing a public hearing to establish the water district.  It will also include informing people who is eligible to vote and concerning absentee voting.  Dowdle said this was a “resolution of general intent” passed by the board for her to work with the attorney.
Dowdle said she thought people showed more interest in the water district because it was more affordable and would use less water than a wastewater district.  As it currently stands, the proposed area is Sylvan Beach and down the west side of Waneta Lake going until the town limits.  Dowdle explained at a public meeting, July 4, that this was the main area chosen because that is where people voiced their concerns over the proximity to septic systems.
In other business:
• The board held a public hearing about the comprehensive plan.  Clerk Lois Wood said the board decided it still needed some work.
• A petition was brought to the board regarding clean-up of Sylvan Beach that had been a problem.
• New computers will be purchased by the town instead of leasing them.
• The town will not be charged by the county for the 22.62 tons of trash collected at the town clean-up.  Wood said the cost would have been $42 per ton.
• The board discussed the Keuka Watershed Improvement Cooperative’s plans for creating an online inspections Web site.  Not all of the towns on Keuka Lake have approved the project and the costs they would help pay.
The next meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m.  

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