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Yates addresses new fees at transfer station

PENN YAN—New charges at the Milo Transfer Station have been a concern for users of the facility and the issue was addressed by Yates County Legislature Chairman Robert Multer at the beginning of the legislature’s March 9 meeting. Multer read a prepared statement which read: The Yates County Legislature is aware of the concern many county residents have about the $1 per axle fee now being charged by Casella Waste Services to residents who bring their trash and recycling to the Milo transfer station.
Members of the Legislature met Friday, March 6 with Ray Bell, the Geneva-Auburn Market Area Manager for Casella, to discuss these concerns.
The Legislature understands that, in these tough economic times, Casella is no different from any other business and has to take measures such as charging a fee in order to offset its operating costs and stay alive.
But Legislators also made it clear to Bell that many residents are struggling to make ends meet and cannot afford curbside pickup, so using the transfer station is their option for properly disposing of trash and recyclables and charging a fee creates a disincentive.
Legislators and Bell agreed to keep the lines of communication open and to continue to work together to maintain the operations of the Milo transfer station.
In other business:
• Passed a resolution in support of funding for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Program. President Obama has recommended eliminating funding for the program in the Fiscal Year 2010 Federal Budget. The group has secured grant funding for its constituents within its six county region in excess of $6 million since its inception in 1972. The resolution concluded, “Yates County Legislature recommends the Federal budget for fiscal year 2010 for RC&D be restored at a minimum to its current level of $52 million in order to insure the continuation of this valuable locally based conservation and rural development program.”
• Created a part-time jail physician position to replace the position of part time Jail Nurse Practitioner.
• Authorized a contract for fraud investigation services between the Yates County Department of Social Services and the Yates County Sheriff’s Office at a cost not to exceed $57,528 in 2009.
• Added an additional requirement to Resolution 229-04; a policy regarding the sale of tax acquired properties by private sale. Added was the cost of filing the deed and required paperwork in the Yates County Clerk’s office to record the tax acquired property to the previous owner(s) must be paid at the time the taxes are paid and the $1,500 fee is paid to the Yates County Treasurer.
• Adopted a lease/rental fee of $195 per month for T-hangars at the Penn Yan-Yates County Airport.
• Appointed Judy Wiltberger and Sandra King to the Yates County Planning Board. Wiltberger will represent the town of Milo and King the town of Potter. Both terms will expire March 9, 2012.
• Appointed Debbie Koop and Eileen Farnan to the Yates County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board for terms ending Dec. 31, 2012.

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