Penn Yan Village taxpayers will get a little break in the anticipated property tax bills for the 2017-18 budget after an increase in state aid revenue and an additional $75,000 in anticipated revenue was added to the equation before the budget was adopted last week.
Mayor Leigh MacKerchar explained that since no real estate closing has been scheduled, the proposed budget did not include the $75,000 that will be paid to the village by Keuka Outlet Development for the Keuka Moorings project on the former Penn Yan Marine property.
Two years ago, the village budget did include the anticipated revenue which never materialized when the project was delayed for various reasons. But MacKerchar is optimistic the three-way real estate transaction will be scheduled soon, and the village will receive the funds.
In the end, the new budget now reflects a tax levy of $2.89 million, an increase of 2.62 percent. That should be an easier increase for taxpayers to handle compared to the original $2.99 million, 6.08 percent increase that was expected in the spending plan.
There were no comments from the public during a public hearing held April 18.
The board also adopted the water and sewer budgets and fees.
Other business at the board’s regular meeting included:
FIRE DEPARTMENT: The board recognized the newly elected officers and officials of the Penn Yan Volunteer Fire Department: Chief Bill LaRock, First Assistant Frank Ellis, Second Assistant Mike Pedersen, Third Assistant Derek Christensen; Captains Doug Rapalee, Paul Debrine and Rick Simpson Jr.; Lieutenants Robert Galusha, Brian Laursen, and Tim Marcellus; Board of Directors: President Rick Simpson Sr., Vice President Mike Carmel, Treasurer Steve Morse, and Secretary Norm Koek. Trustee Willie Allison thanked former chief Mike Clancy for his service to the department. Clancy spoke briefly about issues that face the 70-member fire department, namely that the average age of the membership falls in the 50s, and current state laws don’t allow measures that might increase volunteer numbers. He said there is no provision for county-wide fire services in New York, and volunteers are not allowed to volunteer in more than one department. He said a volunteer who lives in one fire district but works in another can only respond to emergencies in the second district through a mutual aid agreement.
BASIN STREET PARKING: Brent Bodine, director of public works, reported on the progress in flood damage repairs at the Basin Street parking lot. The Jacob’s Brook culvert is complete, and now the final plans for the parking lot design are being completed. He said the plans include trees, ornamental lighting, sidewalks, a dumpster corral, and a retaining wall and railing on Seneca Street that will match the wall and railing on East Elm Street.
UTILITY BILLS: Penn Yan municipal utility customers will soon be able to pay their bills with a credit card, but the transaction will include additional fees up to $3.95 for the convenience. The Village Board unanimously adopted a local law that will allow the new system.
UNINHABITABLE BUILDINGS: The board set a public hearing for 6 p.m. May 16 to hear comments on a new local law that could speed up the process for declaring a building uninhabitable. Code Enforcement Officer Bruce Lyon said there are two or three buildings that would now meet the criteria set forth in the law.
SHEPPARD STREET WATER MAIN: The board accepted MRB’s proposal to provide engineering support for the project at a cost of $82,000.