Perry Point residents want water

John Christensen The Chronicle-Express

After reading about a proposed public water district in the northeastern corner of the Town of Torrey, several residents of Perry Point spoke at the town board’s last meeting Feb. 10, saying they are also in desperate need of public water.

Several residents asked about a wider study done several years earlier where town water was refused by a majority of residents. Town Clerk Betty Daggett quickly found the results of that survey, broken down by neighborhood. Perry Point residents had replied 29 yes and 11 nos, with four not responding. The residents stated that if a new survey was done, that number would be even more for yes. They said the lake water in their area is classed as B quality because of the proximity to the Keuka Lake Outlet, and cannot be consumed without treatment. The Salvation Army Camp on Long Point constructed its own water treatment plant, and some residents wondered if it could provide water to them as well.

Veteran but newly appointed Councilman John Martini assured the residents that if they got enough signatures on a petition, the town would do a study.

Dresden Mayor Bill Hall explains that both Perry Point and Arrowhead Beach are within the Village of Dresden’s “permissive district” for the expansion of their water system, given to them by the Department of Environmental Conservation when a grant was received for improvements some years ago, and the village will cooperate with a study by the town.

David Granzin, Chairman of the Torrey Planning Board, the Yates County Planning Board, and a Perry Point resident himself, says he will organize a committee to bring water to the residents.

George Thompson reports that the northeast water district seems to be at a standstill with the officials in Torrey, but the Town of Benton officials have been receptive to his efforts.

In other town business Feb. 10:

Highways: Interim Highway Superintendent Tim Chambers warned the board that all the snow removal has used up much of the overtime budgeted for town workers. He also asked the board to approve an official policy change of 1 to 1 sand/salt mix to 2 to 1 sand/salt, currently used in agreement with the county. He explained the effectiveness and economy of this mixture, but wanted the official policy to reflect the actual practice. He also asked that Martin Luther King Jr. Day be listed as an official holiday rather than as a floating holiday. Both requests were approved.

Code enforcement: Code Officer Dwight James explained a change in state law that was passed without notice as an emergency measure by Albany lawmakers requiring a large reflective sticker be placed on all new construction built with wood or metal truss frame roofs or floors. The measure is said to be for the protection of firefighters in buildings where burn rates are much faster. The reflective stickers must be placed on the electric meter box, and will cost $15 each. The board approved the purchase of a few of the stickers, but will consider whether to absorb the cost or pass it on to the property owners. James clarified this will be for new construction only.