The Penn Yan Village Board adopted a local law establishing a waterfront pathway which eventually will stretch along the existing Keuka Outlet Trail from the Liberty Street bridge to Red Jacket Park. The law also includes regulations that will apply to the pathway.
Following an Aug. 18 public hearing during which there were no comments, the board members unanimously approved the regulations which differ from those for the village portion of the Keuka Outlet Trail and other village parks. Because the waterfront pathway will pass through a residential and resort area once the Keuka Outlet Development planned for the former Penn Yan Marine property is complete, the regulations will differ somewhat.
Motorized vehicles except village maintenance and emergency service vehicles will be prohibited from the pathway, which will be open for public use from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after.
Other business at the Aug. 18 village board meeting included:
• Basin Street Parking Lot: Trustee Dave Reeve, chairman of the Planning & Development Committee, said the Planning Board hopes to have design illustrations soon for options that could be considered for the Basin Street parking lot. He said the board hopes to hold a public information meeting so village residents can have some input on the parking lot.
The parking lot was heavily damaged by flooding in May 2014. In addition, the former Owl’s Nest, a building that formerly sat over a portion of Jacobs Brook collapsed after being damaged by the flood, revealing the old stone archway that had been covered for many years. Some people would like to see the archway left open to enhance the village’s historic district.
Before last week’s meeting, village officials learned federal emergency management funds have been approved for that project as well as four others in the village.
“We hope the village comes out and gives us some comments,” said Trustee Willie Allison.
• Water/Sewer Billing: The board held two hearings for amendments to the water and sewer chapters of the village code in regards to billing procedures. Village property owner and landlord Gene Mitchell arrived at the meeting too late to comment on the laws. See his letter to the editor on page A4.
• Intermunicipal Agreement: The board authorized Mayor Leigh MacKerchar to sign the Intermunicipal Agreement Amendments for water district 1 extension 1 with the Town of Milo.
• Refunding bonds: The board agreed to refund bonds of $3.725 million to realize a savings of between $30,000 and $38,000 annually in interest.
• Demolition: The board agreed to seek bids again for the demolition of the house at 112 Clinton Street. This is the second time bids for the project have been sought.