Grant will help village update plan

Gwen Chamberlain

Penn Yan Village officials are beginning to work on a strategy to update the village’s Comprehensive Plan. Trustee David Reeve says the village has been told it will receive a matching grant through the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council to update the village’s plan.

Discussing the possible grant at Monday night’s Village Planning Board meeting, Reeve said there are still details to learn, but he believes the grant will bring $40,000 in state funds to the village, which will be obligated to match that amount with cash or in-kind work.

The most current version of the village’s Comprehensive Plan is dated 2000, which was an update from a 1989 document.

Representatives of the 2020 Vision Committee who attended the meeting said their organization would be willing to donate the value of some of the work that’s been done in their study toward the village’s share, if necessary.

Planning Board Chairman Cliff Orr said he will combine some of his own thoughts with comments from an email Reeve sent last year, and with ideas from the 2020 Vision group’s work. These concepts will be used to seek budget indication information from various firms that might be qualified to bid on a project.

Reeve began advocating for an updated plan a year ago before the 2013-14 budget process began.

The grant will also be used to help pay for updating the village’s construction codes, noted Brent Bodine.

Other business at the Feb. 3 Planning Board meeting included:

• Illuminated Signs: Orr asked Code Enforcement Officer Bruce Lyon to use research he has begun to come up with a draft village code for illuminated signs. Planning Board members discussed the types of signs that are not covered by any of the current village codes. Lyon described codes from other area municipalities that prohibit illuminated signs that flash, or have changing, or scrolling information except in certain cases. Some codes permit the signs if used by churches, libraries, movie theaters, schools and gas stations. Others may allow the signs, but the message can’t change more than once per day. In most cases, signs that display time and temperature are exempt from the code.