The villages of Penn Yan and Dresden are inching toward an agreement that will benefit some Town of Torrey residents who want to buy public water.
The Penn Yan Village Board approved an amendment to the agreement between the two villages that will result in Dresden being able to expand the area where it can sell water to include the proposed Perry Point and the Rock Haven Road area Water Districts. Perry Point residents have been campaigning for a water district for several years because the water quality from Seneca Lake in those areas is not considered suitable for consumption due to its proximity to the Keuka Outlet.
The Dresden Village Board is expected to approve the amendment in April.
The amendment changes the definition of the Authorized Water Distribution Territory (AWDT) which extends beyond the boundaries of the village of Dresden.
The amendment prohibits Dresden from supplying water to any locations outside the AWDT.
The existing agreement between the two villages dates back to 1995, when Penn Yan built the current water treatment facility, which supplies water for Penn Yan, Dresden, Jerusalem, Benton, and Pulteney. The agreement with Dresden was previously amended in 2004 and 2007.
It has taken several months of negotiations between the town of Torrey, Dresden and Penn Yan to reach this agreement.
Dresden will be the lead agency for environmental review of the formation of the new AWDT. When the Perry Point residents began seeking water services, the two villages and town became mired in a protracted discussion about which municipality had the right to sell water to the proposed district. While Torrey residents felt Dresden should be able to sell surplus water from the village’s share from the treatment plant, Penn Yan municipal utilities officials maintained the agreement protected its right to sell water to customers in that district, paying a fee for using Dresden’s pipes for delivery.
Other business at the March 20 Penn Yan Village Board meeting included:
• Waterfront Pathway: The board approved acquisition of an easement from McDonald’s Restaurant that will lead to the future walking path along the Keuka Outlet.
• Clean-up: Spring Cleanup in the village will be held from April 2 to 25, and the Village and Town of Milo recycle date will be held May 5.
• Cruisin’ Night: Plans for the 22nd Cruisin’ Night to be held June 15 were approved.
• Youth Baseball and Softball Parade: The board approved plans for the annual parade to begin at 10 a.m. April 28 at the Boat Launch. .
• Organizational meeting: Mayor Leigh MacKerchar scheduled the 2018-19 organizational meeting for 5 p.m. April 2 in the village hall. A public hearing concerning the 2018-19 village budget will be held.
• Retirement: The board accepted the March 30 retirement of Attorney Edward Brockman with the understanding its purpose is for him to leave the New York State Retirement system. He will be re-appointed at the April 2 meeting.