Allison outlines work plans for municipal parking lotPENN YAN—The July 21 meeting of the Penn Yan Village board was chaired by vice-mayor Willie Allison who had words of praise for public works employees. He said, “The guys are busy with a lot of projects. I apologize for some of the roads. They do what they can.” He noted work will continue in the municipal parking lot behind Lown’s. Planned are lights on the outside edge of the lot, drainage work and paving. Allison said, “Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) money can’t go for parking lots but it will be rehabbed before the years end,” adding, “We know the need.”
A resolution amending the budget in the amount of $30,000 was approved. The resolution was necessary because the village received that amount more than was budgeted from the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).
In other business: Set public hearings pertaining to State Environmental Quality Review Act matters and a proposed amendment to the Preservation of Historic Areas of village code and a proposed amendment of the water chapter of the village code. both will be Aug. 18 with the historic area hearing at 6 p.m. and the water chapter hearing at 6:05 p.m.
• A motion to make newly-appointed police chief Mark Hulse’s salary of $62,500 retroactive effective July 1 was passed. Trustee Bob Church said this is less than the previous chief was paid. Hulse’s appointment is provisional. Church said the village will look at the salary again after test results are received.
• Brent Bodine was hired to a contingent permanent position as Assistant Director of Public Works at an annual salary of $65,500, effective Aug. 28.
• The board accepted the resignation of Public Works Director Ed Balsley, effective Sept. 28.
• Trustees approved the policy proposed by the Tobacco Action Coalition of the Finger Lakes.
• Trustee Robert Hoban said the Planning and Development committee has been passive for very many months and a meeting is scheduled July 27. Hoban said Yates County is closer to a decision on the former Penn Yan Boat property, stating, “It’s time to reinvigorate plans for the waterfront.” He would like the village to work with Yates County on development of the property.
• Made no decision on O’Leary’s request for outside seating until information is received from the East Elm Street business.
• Trustee Michael D’Abbracci reported he is still in contact with representatives of the Finger Lakes Boat Museum and expects to have more information in a week. The village has proposed two sites for a permanent home for the organization.
• Voted to deny a request for damage reimbursement of a fifth wheel camper that was damaged by a falling tree limb. Village attorney Ed Brockman advised the board the incident was an “Act of God.” The owner of the vehicle had requested the village reimburse his $1,000 deductible. Trustee Nancy Taylor cast the lone yes vote.
The meeting included an executive session to discuss litigation and CSEA negotiations. An emergency meeting July 23 was held with the board immediately going into executive session to discuss litigation. No decisions were made following either executive session.
The next meeting of the Penn Yan Village board will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 18 in the village hall on Elm Street in Penn Yan.