Penn Yan Village officials have agreed to look into establishing a village code that regulates cleaning up after dogs.
At last week’s regular meeting, the village board directed attorney Ed Brockman to draft a proposed law that might be based on a similar law from Geneva even though Brockman and Code Enforcement Officer Bruce Lyon expressed concern about enforcing a law.
Trustee Rich Stewart said the issue first came up at a Parks & Recreation Committee meeting when Director Dan Doyle reported a significant mess in the Main Street mini park after the winter. He said a lot of village residents already believe there is some kind of law about cleaning up after dogs. “I believe the public would approved of this,” he said.
Trustee Robert Church initially opposed drafting a law, but eventually agreed Brockman should look into the issue after Mayor Leigh MacKerchar said “It is an issue,” and Trustee Christine Christensen said, “We need to get it settled once and for all.”
Other business at the Sept. 16 regular meeting included:
• WATER/SEWER BILLING: Former Police Chief Gene Mitchell, who owns rental properties in the village, asked the board to review its practice of setting up payment agreements with renters who have gotten behind in water or sewer payments. The board referred the issue to the Municipal Utilities Board for a recommendation. Existing practices allow tenants in rental properties to set up their own water and sewer accounts. But if those tenants fall behind on payments, and don’t fulfill a payment agreement, the unpaid balance can end up on the property tax bill paid by the property owner. Mitchell said the village’s practice of not shutting off water service when customers don’t fulfill the payment agreements results in extra costs for landlords.
• Basin Street retaining wall: The board agreed to award a contract to repair the Basin Street sidewalk and retaining wall to City Hill Construction at a fee of $37,700 contingent on State Department of Transportation approval as a Federal Highway Administration Project.
• Comprehensive plan: Trustee Dave Reeve, who is chairman of the Planning and Development Committee, said a community workshop will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 15 at Penn Yan Academy.
• Jerusalem: MacKerchar told the board he has met a second time with Jerusalem Town representatives regarding the sewer contracts between the two municipalities that have been the subject of a dispute between the village and town. He said another meeting will be held later this month.
• Police: The board unanimously agreed to promote Sgt. Thomas Dunham to investigator position with no change in pay rate. Derek Chisom and Kate Zebrowski were hired as part time police officers. Former investigator Michael Donovan, who recently retired, was hired as a part time officer.