The USDA Rural Utilities Services agency recently reviewed and gave their approval for Yates County to begin construction on our broadband project. This is a $14 million project using grant funds to provide internet service to 1635 premises that are unserved or underserved in our county.
The Finance Office purchased a software package that searches over eighty online vacation rental sites to verify whether the owners of these vacation rentals are registered with the County. This software also compares the dates of rentals and lengths of stays with what occupancy tax has been paid to the County. The purpose of this is to check compliance with our occupancy tax law. So far, we have found 299 are compliant and 138 are non-compliant. We are still researching over 40 online rentals. The Director of Finance will send letters to the non-compliant owners making them aware of our occupancy tax law and requesting remittance of the occupancy tax.
Our real estate tax foreclosure auction will be held in the County Office Building on October 27th at 6:00 p.m. There are currently sixteen properties with 2018, 2019 and 2020 delinquent taxes owed. The owners of these properties have until October 12th to pay the taxes and all associated fees to redeem their property. The list of properties can be found on the Yates County website: www. yatescounty.org under Treasurer.
Yates County will be taking advantage of the NYS endpoint detection and response services at no cost to the County. These services are being provide by NYS Joint Security Operations Center to guard against cyber attacks and unauthorized access to our systems that may compromise the security and integrity of our data, disrupt operations and services or damage critical infrastructure.
Our Veterans’ Services Agency provides a service to our veterans to drive them to their medical appointments, however, we need volunteer drivers. County owned vehicles are available for this service. Please call our VSA office at 315-536-5196 if you are willing to volunteer.
The Public Health Department is offering the following clinics:
• Flu Clinic in the County Office Building auditorium from 10 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 27, Oct.12, and Oct. 17.
• Rabies Clinic at the Starkey Highway Barn on Sept. 28 from 6 – 7 p.m.
• COVID Clinic will be offered in October at the County Office Building by appointment only at a date to be determined. Check the Public Health website at www.yatescounty. org or call the office at 315-536-5160 for an appointment.
September 18 – 24 is Sheriff’s week in Yates County. We are celebrating the historical contributions of the Office and recognize the significant role that the Sheriff plays in our criminal justice system. In Yates County, the Office goes far beyond the traditional role of “Conservator of the Peace.” The Office serves the public with providing security in our courts, dispatching 911 emergency services, public safety communications, animal control, administration of Coroners, maintaining the jail and executing civil process for our courts.
A new monopole tower has been erected at our Public Safety Building. This is part of the County’s communication project to replace end-of-life equipment and leased towers with new equipment and county owned towers, as well to improve overall countywide communications.
Since the County partnered with the Penn Yan Public Library in 2019 to use NYSERDA grant funding to install an electric vehicle charging station, we have seen steady growth over the years, not only in the hours of usage but also in the number of different vehicles using the charging station.
Yates County hired Watchdog Building Partners for construction management services on the Highway/Office of Emergency Services/ Public Health proposed building project. We currently have 60% of the design drawings completed by C & S Engineers, which will be reviewed by Watchdog to prepare a construction cost estimate.