Penn Yan amends agreement

Gwen Chamberlain
In other business last week, the Penn Yan Village Board authorized Mayor Leigh MacKerchar to sign an agreement with Jerusalem that ends a lengthy dispute over sewage treatment services. MacKerchar (left) and Jerusalem Supervisor Patrick Killen (right) met to sign the documents Friday afternoon.

Village officials are taking steps mirroring those taken by Yates County Legislators making amendments to their agreements related to the Keuka Outlet Development project at the 14.7 acre former Penn Yan Marine site.

At a special meeting last week, the village board discussed an amendment to the Waterfront Development Agreement first approved last February. The amendment addresses a small portion (64 ft. by 100 ft. section) of the private marina that will be located on property owned by the village. Research and survey work done before ownership of the property is transferred from the county to the village and then to the development company alerted officials to the situation.

The extreme southern end of the marina area will be developed in an area that is now part of the village-owned Firemen’s Field.

Mayor Leigh MacKerchar said village officials met with Chris Iversen and other representatives of Keuka Outlet Development to go over several issues, and the first step is a resolution that will be voted on at the Village Board’s Feb. 17 meeting. The resolution will allow development on the village-owned land, and will result in the development company making improvements to the land and building a dock that will be available for public recreational use.

Board members approved a resolution amending the development agreement to allow access to village property by Keuka Outlet Development to conduct testing, including soil borings, which are required as part of the project.

In other business Feb. 6 the village board authorized MacKerchar to sign the modification of the sewage disposal agreement between the village and the Town of Jerusalem. Town officials approved the modification last week.

The agreement ends a lengthy dispute between the two municipalities that resulted in multiple legal battles.

“It’s fair on all sides,” said Trustee Willie Allison, who added, “We are definitely not out to over-charge Jerusalem.” Saying he was responding to comments made last week by former Jerusalem Supervisor and current town board member Daryl Jones, Allison said he is looking forward to seeing Jerusalem’s progress and looking for ways to move forward.