The Penn Yan Village Board has not abandoned the idea of updating its code of ethics even though Trustee Wayne Davidson who proposed adopting an updated code a few months ago, had planned to withdraw his recommendation.
At the Sept. 21 regular meeting, the board agreed to table action after village attorney Ed Brockman said he thought it should go forward.
If the village didn't proceed, it would continue to operate under a 1970's era law.
"Trustee Davidson did a good analysis of the two laws. I think his observations were good, and they explain to a great degree why the board should consider updating them," Brockman said.
Davidson will update his analysis and get the information to the board members before next month's meeting.
The board had previously discussed updating the code of ethics, but took no action after several questions came up about how to appoint the required board of ethics.
Other businesss at the Sept. 21 meeting included:
• WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT: The board began the process of amending the village zoning chapter for the Waterfront Development and Conservation District. Trustee Michael Christensen noted the zoning change and development will have a considerable impact on the village. "We need to find out what the village gets in exchange, " he said, adding that while he wants to see the waterfront developed, village taxpayers and utility ratepayers will be paying for increased infrastructure and public safety costs. "To cut to the quick, I'm looking for the county to cough up some sales tax money to help pay for these," he said.
Mayor Robert Church said, "It has been made very clear that the village does not have the money to go forward."
• POLICE: The board agreed to hire part time police officer Patrick McKnight as a full time officer to fill a vacancy on the force that has been funded but not filled for two years, according to Hulse. Church urged Hulse to work hard to bring the part time and overtime costs in the department down. "My biggest concern is if we hire a full time person and we have no form of sustainable revenue we may have to look at some kind of cuts," Church said.
• PARKS GRANT: The board authorized Church to sign an agreement for a $150,000 matching grant to make improvements to village parks. Dick Osgood, director of public works, said he can work with Recreation Director Dan Doyle to get the matching portion ($150,000) down to around $60,000 in cash over three years.
• MUTUAL AID: The board took no action on a mutual aid agreement with the Schuyler County Sheriff's Department for law enforcement officers to assist during major race weekend events. Any officers from outside Schuyler County are paid by Schuyler County for the hours they work during the events. Brockman wanted time to do more research about how the agreement impacts village-funded benefits. The board will discuss the issue next month.