The Penn Yan Fire Department is planning a special drill on May 3 that will involve other fire companies and simulate an emergency at Birkett Mills. Fire Chief Bill LaRock explained what he calls a block drill at the April 17 village board meeting.
LaRock says departments from Dundee, Benton, Hammondsport, and Geneva will participate in the drill, which will allow chiefs to establish the best placement for equipment and resources. The drill will last from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and LaRock says plans call for the departments to work together to plan for fighting fires on other downtown blocks in the village.
The public can expect to encounter detours during the drill, he noted. Streets that will be involved are Main, Basin, Seneca, Lake, Elm, Water, and Wagener.
Other business at the April 17 Penn Yan Village Board included:
• Budget: Following a public hearing, the board approved the 2018-19 $5.6 million budget, which reflects a 6 percent or $335,495 increase in spending. The budget calls for a tax levy increase of 3.48 percent or $100,397. The tentative tax rates per $1,000 of assessed value will increase by 39 cents in Milo ($15.25), 53 cents in Benton ($14.94), and 77 cents in Jerusalem ($16.43). The board also adopted the municipal budgets.
• Fire Department Officers: The board approved the new slate of officers of the Penn Yan Fire Department: Bill LaRock, chief; Frank Ellis, first assistant; Mike Pedersen, second assistant; Derek Christensen, third assistant; Rick Simpson Jr., Kevin Pallar, and Paul Debrine, captains; Robert Galusha and Brian Laursen, Lieutenants. Directors are Rick Simpson Sr., president; Mike Carmel, vice president; Steve Morse, treasurer; and Norm Koek, secretary.
• Memorial Day Parade: The board approved the annual Memorial Day Parade to be held at 10 a.m. May 28, from East Main Street to Court Street.
• Food Truck: The board heard plans from Ben Comstock and Jim Coriale of Roots Catering who plan to operate a food truck in Penn Yan beginning this summer. While they plan to visit wineries, breweries, and special events in addition to catering weddings, they plan to operate the truck at the village parks sometimes during the summer season.
• Easements: The board authorized acquiring easements for utility infrastructure on the eastern side of State Route 14A at property owned by Yates County Soil & Water and Roland & Beverly Penta to allow extension of utilities to the Tractor Supply store under construction now.