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Yates seeks letters of support for museum

YATES COUNTY—Members of the Yates County Legislature gave their strong  support for Yates County to be selected as the site for the Finger Lakes Cultural & Natural History Museum at their Nov. 9 meeting. Keuka Lake State Park was selected as one of five sites being considered for the new project. The resolution, which passed unanimously, stated that it is the ideal setting for the museum.
Legislator Taylor Fitch told the group there is group that is coming up with the proposal asking that Yates County be selected as the site for the museum. Fitch asked each of the legislators as well as members of the public to send letters of support for locating the museum at Keuka Lake State Park as soon as possible to either the Yates County Chamber of Commerce, 2375 Route 14A, Penn Yan 14527 or the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center at 1 Keuka Business Park, Penn Yan 14527. A sample letter is at www.yates
The proposal is due to museum organizers by Dec. 3. However, the local group is planning to have their proposal ready before Thanksgiving. Fitch said, “I think Yates County has an even chance of being selected.”
In other business:  
Legislators endorsed the Yates County Marcellus Shale Task Force recommendations to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regarding the Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement. The resolution read, in part, “Although the Yates County Legislature believes that such extraction of natural gas could provide economic benefits for the county, municipalities and landowners, extraction must be done in an environmentally responsible manner which recognizes the unique environmental conditions within the county.” Fitch said a large local task force that includes representative of town governments, Keuka Lake Association, Bluff Point Association and others had only 60 days to work on their recommendations. Fitch thanked Yates County planner Shawna Bonshak and Cornell Cooperative Extension executive director Peter Landre for their work on the project.
• November was proclaimed Home Care Month and the week of Nov. 15 to 21, Home Health Aide Week in Yates County.
• Scheduled a public hearing on addition of viable agricultural lands to the Yates County Agricultural District at 1:05 p.m. on December 14.
• Scheduled the year-end meeting at 1 p.m. Dec. 28. Swearing in ceremony will follow in the Yates County Courthouse.
The next regular meeting of Yates County Legislature will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 14 in legislative chambers in the Yates County office complex on Liberty Street in Penn Yan.

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