At the last Milo Town Board meeting Monday, June 19, about 17 residents of Country Estates, a residential development off Bath Road near the airport, attended to ask the board about the possibility of the town taking over the private road that serves their homes. Residents spoke for over an hour, stating that developer Bucky Lane had told them the town would eventually take over the road.
The town’s position is that the road was not built to town specifications, and they would not consider taking it over until it meets them. Until then, it is the responsibility of Lane, who currently owns and maintains the road, and pays $26 per year in property tax for it. No petition has been made for the takeover.
Peg Thompson, representing the Friends of the Outlet, asked the board what recourse the organization has for cleaning up old junk piles on properties surrounding the trail, as well as how to deal with new illegal dumping on their property. Anthony Validzic, Code Enforcement Officer for Milo replies that he is not permitted to enter private property to conduct searches without consent or a search warrant. “Any action to the contrary would be a violation of one’s constitutional rights,” he states. “With that in mind, I am legally bound to respond to complaints received by this office. If written permission is not granted to enter private property, I will perform an inspection from a public way, which are lands owned by a public institution (state, county or local government) such as a town road.” Validzic has checked his records and finds no recent complaints about exterior property maintenance issues at lots abutting the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail.
Supervisor Leslie Church has communicated the town’s support for protecting and improving the trail, which she has called “a valuable resource.”
In other business:
• Tractor Supply annexation - A joint public hearing with the Village of Penn Yan has been scheduled for 6 p.m. July 18 at the Milo Office for the annexation of property into the village fore the planned construction of a Tractor Supply Store on Rte. 14A just south of Horizon Business Park.
• New handbook: A new employee handbook is under review, including new evaluations.
• Boy Scouts: The Penn Yan Troop of the Boy Scouts of America attended the meeting to better understand local government and the responsibilities of citizens to participate in its functions.