Penn Yan delays decision on bids for master plan

Gwen Chamberlain

The village board wants more information about the potential costs of hiring a consultant to update Penn Yan’s Comprehensive Master Plan.

The board took no action on a motion to hire Steinmetz Planning Group to do the work, as recommended by the village planning board. Trustee David Reeve, who is the liaison with the planning board, offered the motion, explaining the $60,000 contract would include construction and design standards, which other firms did not include in their proposals.

However, Trustee Bob Church said he had questions about other potential costs the village might incur, such as mileage and the cost of public workshops, which are estimated between $3,000 and $6,000.

Reeve noted the village has received a 50 percent grant for a total of $80,000, meaning the local cost could be as much as $40,000.

Attorney Ed Brockman suggested the village seek language in the contract stating the maximum cost to the village.

Reeve agreed to withdraw his motion and seek more information for the village to consider.

“I respect the planning board’s recommendation, I just want more information,” said Church.

Other business at the June 17 village board meeting included:

• Street Festival: The board approved a request from, Ron Spoor, the owner of Silverbird Wood Fired (O’Leary’s) on East Elm Street to hold a street festival in the area of East Elm Street between Main Street and Central Avenue from noon to 9 p.m. July 13, a Sunday. The festival will include live music and food, and proceeds will benefit the recovery of The Arc of Yates from flood damage. Spoor said several bands had contacted him wanting to do something to help with the community’s recovery. Tickets will be $15 in advance at $20 at the gate.

He assured the board there will be no alcoholic beverages permitted on the street, and people will not be allowed to bring coolers inside the festival area.

Village officials expressed concerns about the condition of the Basin Street street area, and sought assurances that festival organizers will take steps to prevent attendees from entering the area. They also asked Spoor to establish detour signs to help re-route traffic.

Spoor said he has talked with most of the other businesses in the area, and they support the plan.

Church advised Spoor to keep Police Chief Mark Hulse and Director of Public Works Brent Bodine informed of plans for the event.

• Property Transfer: The board approved the transfer of surplus property to Birkett Properties and Ray and Sandy Spencer, with retention of easements over the land for village access from Water Street to the Keuka Lake Outlet Water Control Dam, other municipal facilities and the prospective pedestrian bridge across the Keuka Lake Outlet. Mayor Leigh MacKerchar was authorized to sign the documents to carry out the transfer.

• Serial Bonds: The board authorized the village to issue $891,900 om serial bonds to finance improvements to the village’s waste water treatment plant. Church, chair of the finance committee, said 50 percent of the cost of the project will be reimbursed through a grant.

• Appointment: The board temporarily appointed Jeffery Bergstresser to the position of building maintenance mechanic effective June 16 until July 5. The board also accepted Bergstresser’s resignation from his position as a heavy equipment operator for the Department of Public Works.

• New position: The board approved the creation of a water & sewer maintenance worker pending the position’s approval by Yates County Personnel.

• New officers: The board authorized the newly elected officers of the Penn Yan Fire Department for June 2014 through April 2015: Chief Jeff Housel; First Assistant Chief Mike Clancy; Second Assistant Chief Bill LaRock; Third Assistant Chief Frank Ellis.

• Willow Road: The board approved spending up to $10,300 to crush asphalt millings for use in the construction of Willow Road (from Himrod Road to Sewage Treatment Plant).

• Fireworks: The board authorized a fireworks display by Young Explosives at Indian Pines Park on Aug. 8 for the Penn Yan Fire Department.