John Christensen 

The Chronicle-Express

BRANCHPORT — The Jerusalem Town Board has approved new parking regulations for Central and Assembly Avenues in and around Keuka Park.

The town acted on a request and suggestions from Keuka Park Postmaster Iggy Scott to restrict parking times near the Post Office and the Keuka Commons Building. It has been a source of complaints from Keuka Park residents and postal customers that Keuka College students park cars for several days in those places. This has prevented customers, especially the elderly, from being able to reach the post office with ease. The new parking law is hoped to alleviate these problems. 

Parking prohibited at all times on portions of Central and Assembly Avenues.

Parking restricted:

• Between 7:30 a.m. and 11 p.m, no parking longer than 10 minutes on the north side of Assembly Ave. directly in front of the Post Office property.

• Parking prohibited 11 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. on portions of Lake Avenue and Assembly Avenue along all the Post Office property 

The Parking Law committee, working with Jerusalem’s and Yates County’s Highway Departments, was able to drastically reduce the number of parking signs needed from over 80 to just 18. An intermunicipal agreement was also approved with Yates County to make and install the parking signs on the two county roads, and the signs will then be maintained by the town.


The kennel law committee completed their redraft of the existing law, which has now been approved by the town attorney, so the board approved its presentation to the public and a public hearing at the Dec. 18 town board meeting. 

Several items were mentioned as changes, including a reduction in the maximum number of breeding females from 10 to eight, the humane retention or adoption of those dogs once past breeding age, daily maintenance of housing and exercise areas, approved waste management plans, annual inspections, certifications of veterinary care, noise buffering, and setbacks from property lines. 

After working with the Humane Society of Yates County on revisions to the laws, board and committee member Jamie Sisson says the committee is now satisfied with the changes. Jerusalem resident Joe DeGeorge, an active HSYC member, stated at a previous meeting that the proposed law is a good compromise.

The public hearing for the new kennel law is scheduled at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 during the board meeting.


Newly Elected Official Training was approved for incoming Supervisor Jamie Sisson and Board Member Steve Castner. The training was also suggested for Rob Martin, who will take over Sisson’s seat as a board member. Four candidates’ names were submitted for consideration, and a committee chose Martin, who is retiring Dec. 31 from the highway superintendent position after serving the town highway department for 44 years.