Shoreline land transfer pending

Gwen Chamberlain

The village board has authorized the transfer of the 14.7 acre former Penn Yan Marine site to Keuka Outlet Development in anticipation of a real estate closing happening within days — perhaps as soon as March 26.

At a special meeting March 23, Village Attorney Ed Brockman reviewed the resolution authorizing the transaction that was already agreed upon by the property’s current owner — Yates County — and future owner — Keuka Outlet Development in a development agreement forged in February 2014.

Monday’s resolution also includes authorization for the establishment of a boundary line agreement related to the line between the development site and village property that is known as the Firemen’s Field.

According to Brockman, during examination of the title to the property, a discrepancy in the legal description of the southwest corner of the property was discovered. That corner lies in the area where KOD plans to build a boat basin for use by residents of the future development. The resolution adopted Monday also outlines a Shoreline Improvement Agreement that will give KOD access to the Firemen’s Field to extend the boat basin onto that southwest corner, and install a bulkhead and dock that will be accessible to the public. The dock will be built by KOD and donated to the village.

Brockman stressed that the agreement does not involve the transfer of any property on the Firemen’s Field from the village to KOD.

After the board approved the resolution, Trustee Willie Allison commented, “This is just another clearing up of what land the village owns.”

Brockman added, “The area where the dock is going is now pretty much unusable. It will benefit the community.”

In another resolution, the village board completed the environmental review of the Shoreline Improvement Agreement which also includes plans to extend the Outlet Trail across the development site and the Firemen’s Field to the future site of the Hampton Inn Hotel.

Once the transfer of the Penn Yan Marine property is complete, site cleanup will begin, and will take four to five months. Demolition of the factory will take approximately three months, according to Chris Iversen, of KOD.

KOD intends to begin construction of condominiums on the site in mid-summer.

The village will make improvements to water and sewer lines as well as streets in the area.

Other business

In other business Monday, the board met with department heads in a budget workshop to review progress on the 2015-2016 spending plan. They set a public hearing for April 6.

Before any changes were made, Finance Committee Chairman Bob Church said his concern is that the budget increase totals $45,000, while health insurance premiums alone have gone up nearly $40,000.

The spending plan, which totals $5.1 million, represents a 1.52 percent increase in the tax levy, under the 1.68 percent tax cap. When the workshop began, the tax levy increase was 1.64 percent, but Church recommended some adjustments to bring the increase down.

The major adjustment was changing the way the village will pay for a redesign of the village hall’s second floor. Instead of paying $100,000 during the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the board agreed to move the project to next May, so $50,000 can be budgeted in 2015-2016 and $50,000 can be budgeted in the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

The redesign plans, developed by a special committee of village employees and board representatives, will be reviewed by the Public Works Committee.

Other village business at the March 17 regular meeting included:

• Village Justice: Mayor Leigh MacKerchar appointed Matthew D. Conlon as Acting Village Justice, effective April 1. He will fill the vacancy that will be left when Danny Hibbard retires after serving 26 years as village justice. Conlon will need to run for election in March 2016, the end of Hibbard’s current term.

• Outlet Trail Lighting: The board authorized purchasing new lighting fixtures for along the Outlet Trail. Director of Public Works Brent Bodine will prepare bid requests for the fixtures.