The Town of Jerusalem is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Senate and Assembly to expand the list of priority lakes in their proposal entitled, “Protecting New York’s Lakes from Harmful Algae Blooms” to include Keuka Lake.
This proposal identified 12 priority lakes that are vulnerable to harmful algae blooms (HABs) and are critical sources of drinking water and vital for the tourism industry. It will provide nearly $60 million in grant funding to implement action plans created by Steering Committees, but Keuka Lake is not one of the 12 lakes identified in the proposal. A resolution passed by the town board April 18 states, “Keuka Lake is the primary source of drinking water for the Villages of Penn Yan and Dresden and townships of Benton, Jerusalem, Milo and Pulteney; and is a vital tourism driver for the Village of Penn Yan and Yates County alike.”
The Jerusalem Town Board requests that “funding for Keuka Lake be included at the same level as the priority lakes already identified in this proposal.”
Officials from the State Department of Environmental Conservation have explained the plans developed for the original 12 lakes around the state will be applied to other lakes.
Copies of this resolution are to be sent to Cuomo, State Sen. Thomas F. O’Mara, Assemblyman Philip A. Palmesano, Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan, Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey D. Klein, Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie, Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle and Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb.
Copies of the resolution are also being sent to:
Keuka Lake Association (KLA), Town of Torrey, Bluff Point Association, Town of Wayne, Keuka Watershed Improvement Cooperative (KWIC), Town of Urbana, Town of Pulteney, Town of Barrington, Village of Dresden, Town of Benton, Village of Hammondsport, Steuben County
Other business on the board’s April 18 agenda:
Sewer: After the town advertised a request for bids for a sewer rehabilitation project for Indian Pines both in newspaper and online, six bids were received for the work needed. Larson Design Group reviewed the bids and the low bidder is National Water Main Cleaning Co. with a base bid of $155,190. The highest bid was $220,000.
Town Engineer Wayne Ackart says the project calls for relining about 1,600 feet of the existing 12 inch sewer mains with a trenchless, cast in place pipe liner, and full rehabilitation of the existing manholes.
The work will also include preparatory cleaning and televising of the mains, remote removal of any protruding portions of sewer laterals, root cutting within the sewer main, grouting of any active leaks, certification of host pipe being acceptable condition for installation of liner, furnishing and installing cured-in-place liner systems, remote restoration of lateral services, testing of lined mains, post-installation televising, traffic control, any surface restoration.
The rehabilitation of approximately 15 existing manholes also involves structural repairs, installing a cementations liner system, removing and resetting the existing frames and covers.
Ackart says, “Service to individual home owners will only be interrupted a few hours on one day only; when their manhole section is being slip-lined. Service to everyone else will be uninterrupted since we will be bypass pumping around the manhole section being relined.” He expects the project to begin in late spring or early summer.
The project will also include a required contribution of $50,000 to the Village of Penn Yan for recent maintenance/upgrades to their Waste Water Treatment Plant. As part of the inter municipal agreement, Jerusalem is responsible for a percentage of the necessary upkeep of the portion of Penn Yan’s system used by the town, based on sewage flow numbers.
Salary: The Jerusalem Town Justice annual pay was set in organizational meeting, and offered at time of interview and acceptance of position was noted as $12,197.53 annually, ($1,016.46 monthly). Newly appointed Justice Todd Whitford is attending a week of training from April 9 to April 13, and has been attending court nights both in Jerusalem and in Village of Penn Yan with interim Justice Matt Conlon since January to observe and train. The board decided that Whitford should be paid 3/4 of a month’s pay for April ($762.35), while training this month. Per direction of Chief Justice Dollinger, Interim Justice Conlon will serve as Justice until 9 a.m., May 16, and appointed Justice Whitford will assume duties at 9:01 a.m.the same day. The board therefore resolved Whitford will be paid 1/2 of a month’s salary for May 2018, ($508.23) (1/2 month’s pay).
Appointment: The board appointed Carol Warren, Whitford‚‘s mother-in-law, as his requested court clerk. She will begin her duties concurrently with Whitford, providing the 7th Judicial District approves her hiring as a relative. Warren will be paid $13 per hour.
Inter-municipal Agreement with Milo: As co-customers of the Penn Yan water and sewer systems, Jerusalem signed an inter-municipal agreement with the Town of Milo, which will help Jerusalem, when needed, with certified backup personnel, equipment, and machinery to operate, maintain and/or monitor the Jerusalem water operations and sewage collection and disposal system. Costs will be determined by Milo based upon the level of work, employees, equipment used; including wages, benefits, and other expenses incurred by Milo. Itemized bills will be supplied by Milo, and the agreement is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018.