Yates County gives property to Habitat for Humanity

Gwen Chamberlain

A village property that had been deeded to the county for non-payment of real property taxes should be back on the tax rolls in the future. The Yates County Legislature agreed to transfer the title of 130 Seneca St. to Habitat for Humanity for a future project. Both the Habitat for Humanity and Keuka Housing Council were offered the property, but Keuka Housing Council does not have funding to accept the property. Administrator Sarah Purdy says county officials estimated it would only bring in $7,500 if it was offered for sale through the public auction.

Other items on the legislature’s agenda Monday afternoon included:

• ABOLISH POSITION: The legislature unanimously agreed to abolish a part time employment and training counselor position. Purdy says the position had previously been cut from full to part time. The latest reduction is due to a 10 percent decrease in federal funding for Workforce Development.

• REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS: The legislature authorized administrator Sarah Purdy to distribute requests for qualifications to developers that might be interested in purchasing and developing the Penn Yan Marine Manufacturing property. Purdy says this step will help identify developers that have the resources and experience to carry out the brownfield clean-up in addition to the development of the property.

• MORTGAGE TAX: The legislature agreed to apportion mortgage tax revenues to other municipalities as follows:

Barrington, $18,029.31;

Benton $25,077.08;

Italy, $4055.99;

Jerusalem, $68,884.10;

Middlesex, $18,019.70;

Milo $31,194.51;

Potter, $4,646.92;

Starkey, $11,898.98;

Torrey, $16,066.62;

Penn Yan, $18,720.88;

Rushville, $484.03;

Dundee, $2,546.65;

Dresden, $471.10.

• SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER: The legislators authorized Sheriff Ron Spike to sign an agreement with the Dundee Central School District to provide a School Resource Officer at a cost of $39,350.54. The school district reimburses the county for this cost.

• PETITION: Chairman Taylor Fitch announced that he received another petition supporting the retention of the Home Health Agency as a county program. District I Legislator Douglas Paddock, chair of the Human Services Committee, said the committee that is reviewing proposals for the feasibility study about the possible sale of the Home Health services would be meeting later in the day, but he didn’t expect any specific action to take place.

• CONDOLENCES: County officials extended condolences to Sheriff Robert Maciol and the citizens of Oneida County on the death of Deputy Kurt Wyman.

• EXECUTIVE SESSION: The legislators entered executive session to discuss union negotiations.