Jerusalem extends contract with recovery firm

John Christensen The Chronicle-Express

As physical and financial recovery from the Flood of ‘14 continues, Jerusalem Supervisor Pat Killen was authorized Feb. 14 to execute Modification Two of the Simmons Recovery Consulting Contract to extend the term of the contract with Simmons through June 30, 2015 for a total amount not to exceed $170,000.

The modifications were previously approved as contingencies if Simmons was needed longer to assist the Town with their disaster recovery efforts and the continuing FEMA grant process.

Also at the Feb. 18 Town Board meeting:

• KEUKA COLLEGE PARKING: Dan DeMay, Grounds Crew Manager at Keuka College, requested a zoning amendment to regulate parking around the College campus so they are able to plow during the winter months. It was the consensus to support their request to place “No Parking” signs on North Avenue and Lake Avenue during the winter.  Signs will be purchased, installed and maintained by the College. Killen will request input from the Yates County Sheriff’s Department and New York State Troopers.

• BRANCHPORT HAMLET SUB-COMMITTEE: The Subcommittee is gathering comments on the proposed façade guidelines for Branchport.  They would also like to erect two additional “Welcome to Branchport” signs, but with grant monies unavailable, they are seeking local sponsorships for the signs.

• HIGHWAY

Highway Superintendent Rob Martin was authorized to place an order with Van Bortel Ford of East Rochester for a 2015 Ford F-350 XL Regular Cab 4x4 pickup truck on the Chautauqua County Bid for 2015. The amount is not to exceed $27,255.60

As with most towns and counties, additional road salt has been ordered.

• WATER & SEWER: During a routine inspection in 2012, the State Health Department recommended to the  Town Board that they designate more than one Grade B or C and Grade D Water Operator in Responsible Charge for the Keuka Park Consolidated Water District.

With the retirement of Department Head Paul Enos Feb. 14, the designated Water Operator in Charge will now be Water/Sewer Maintainer Lee Hardy, who is a Class C and D distribution operator.

The required paperwork is being filed for the licensure of new Water/Wastewater Maintainer Kasey Christensen, as he has passed the required courses at SUNY Morrisville.

Deputy Supervisor Ray Stewart distributed the new KPSW organizational chart showing Christensen reporting to Hardy, who reports to Stewart as chair of the Water & Sewer Committee, who in turn reports to the committee and the town board.

• REVALUATION DATA

The board discussed hiring a data collector to assist the assessor with a town-wide revaluation. Killen wants clarification on what the data collection entails, and Board Member Max Parson wants it put out to bid.

Killen will speak with Mary Lilyea, Assessor for the towns of Benton, Torrey, and Potter, and Board Member Daryl Jones will check with the Town of Milo on their revaluation processes. All agreed the revaluation needs to be done economically.