The flooding experienced in Jerusalem last week has put highway crews three weeks behind, says Highway Superintendent Rob Martin. Still completing repairs from the floods of 2014, the crews were called out to several of the same sites they had to repair at least twice last year. Crews were called out to culverts on Guyanoga, Sid White, Corwin, Morrison, and other roads that were plugged and/or washed out. Martin reports that all the affected driveways have been repaired, and C.P. Ward contractors began their work on Sid White Road on Monday.
Martin also reports construction has begun on the salt storage building and should be completed quickly. He also recommended the board amend a previous resolution to purchase a used John Deere bulldozer for no more than $100,000. He has found a firm that will sell a new Cat D4 bulldozer for just $102,000, plus a 3-year extended warrantee for $1,400. Board member Mike Steppe asked if they should not just continue to rent bulldozers until the town has fewer financial drains. Martin argued the money was received from FEMA relief funds and had been voted into the equipment purchasing fund. He further argued that whenever the town wants to rent a bulldozer, it is the same time other municipalities and businesses are trying to rent them, too. This way, the town would have their own equipment at hand when needed, and for 25 years, the expected working lifespan of the dozer.
The matter was tabled for discussion by the highway committee.
In other town business:
• A request for proposals with be advertised and asked individually for a certified data collector for the property revaluation of the town to assisted the appointed assessor, Vernon Brand.
• Supervisor Patrick Killen was authorized to sign the appointments for the summer recreation program at wages not to exceed $10 per hour. The director of the program was criticized for the late and hastily drafted list that was unclear as to the appointments and salaries.
• A letter was received from a property owner on Old Pines Trail complaining of flooding coming from a neighbor’s property and threatens action against the town. Killen stated that this is a neighbor to neighbor issue that should not involve the town. The board decided to seek the town attorney’s advice.
• Letters of thanks were received for the water & sewer workers for promptly servicing a broken grinder pump on Memorial Day weekend, and for the highway workers for oiling Morrison Road and Skyline Drive near Garrett Chapel.
• Former Penn Yan Elementary Principal Edward Bronson introduced himself as a candidate for Yates County Legislature District I.