Village of Penn Yan applicant Rasikbhal Patel requested a Site Plan Review to renovate the long vacant former Super Duper supermarket at 211 Lake St., to make it suitable for a Dollar Tree Store.The plans call for the demolition of a later concrete block addition to the original building, and the reconfiguration of the parking lot.

Yates County Planning Board member Judy Wiltberger passed on the concerns of several citizens who contacted her to object to a third “dollar store” being allowed in Penn Yan, asking if this is the image the county wants to project. In response, member Caryl Sutterby praised Dollar Tree as a conscientious corporation that will “do it right,” while also criticizing another existing dollar store nearby for their lack of upkeep and cleanliness.

The board voted there was no countywide or intermunicipal impact, with Wiltberger’s as the only dissenting vote.

The Penn Yan Village Planning Board will review the plan at its Feb. 5 meeting in the village hall at 7 p.m.

Town of Benton applicant Lawrence Horning, representing David & Elva Hoover, 2295 Havens Corners Road, requested a Special Use Permit to construct a new 80 ft. by 220 ft. pole building for building trusses. The 21-acre property on Havens Corners, opposite the entrance to the County Highway Department, will largely remain farmland with only the northwest corner dedicated to the new business. A landscape buffer will be planted between a neighboring residence to the west, along with a stormwater swale on the east to contain runoff from the building and parking areas. David Hoover states he plans to hire five full-time employees, and expects to begin construction in March.

The board determined there is no countywide or intermunicipal impact.

Other Business:

Wastewater Law: The Milo Town Board requested a Text Amendment for a proposed Local Law establishing new wastewater laws to regulate septic and sewer systems, replacing the existing codes entirely. Veteran planning board member Chuck Mitchell moved that the new codes would have a positive countywide and intermunicipal impact, and the board approved unanimously.

Elections: Bob Schiesser from the Town of Starkey was elected Yates County Planning Board Chairman, and outgoing Chairman David Granzin was elected Vice-Chair. Two at large positions on the board are yet to be filled.