At last month’s Milo Town Board meeting, the members agreed to sign a letter of support for Robert Henderson’s application for the New York State Farmland Implementation Program.

Elizabeth Newbold, formerly of Cornell Cooperative Extension and now with the University of Vermont (but who still assists in these applications) says Henderson applied in the past for the Farmland Protection Program, and reached a score that made him eligible for funding. However, the state’s budgeted money ran out before his project was funded. “The application was just too far down in the stack,” comments Yates CCE Arlene Wilson, “But we think that means the chances will be better this year.”

“The project that is being submitted in the 2018 round of funding is the same as that submitted in the 2016 round,” says Newbold. “If funded, Robert’s 412-acre farm will be protected and made available for farming in perpetuity. His farm is contiguous to Jim Henderson and Dale Hallings, both protected through the N.Y.S. Farmland Protection Program, and therefore protection of Robert’s farm would result in 1,141 acres of contiguously protected prime farmland along Rt 14A.”

Other business

Due to the number and expense of replacing residential sewage grinder pumps, the board voted to increase the replacement cost from $578 to $1,500 if the pump is found to have been damaged by items flushed down toilets or poured down drains. This represents a greater responsibility for the actual full cost that is now over $2,300. The town warns sewer rate-payers that pouring fats, oils, and grease down drains can also lead to clogs and service calls of $150.

Items not to be flushed include: diapers and baby/cleaning wipes (even if they are labeled “flushable” or “biodegradable”); feminine pads, tampons, and applicators; dental floss or whitening strips; cotton swabs or bandages; facial tissues; condoms; hair.

Also prohibited from drains: medical waste, explosives, flammable materials, strong chemicals, paint thinner, and gasoline.