Penn Yan annexes new street in Milo

Gwen Chamberlain

The Village of Penn Yan has annexed Elmwood Avenue, a new road that leads from the Himrod Road to the village’s sewage treatment plant, and next month will hold a public hearing on the proposed local law for traffic control and signage.

At the village board’s Feb. 16 meeting, no one commented during a public hearing on the annexation of the land from the town of Milo, but a Milo resident, Bill Laffin, asked if this action could lead to an agreement between the village and town for composting. He specifically asked if Milo residents would be able to take leaf refuse for disposal at the sewage treatment plant.

Village officials said although it has been discussed, it’s not likely. “The village doesn’t allow residents to take biomass to the plant,” said Director of Public Works Brent Bodine. “There is a definite difference to the composting that will be done at the plant and what the general public does. It’s something that the village is not currently looking into.”

Elmwood Avenue also opens up a new possible traffic pattern for people who live in the Sherman and Franklin Street neighborhood.

Other business at the village’s Feb. 16 agenda included:

• Parade: The board authorized the Penn Yan Firemen to host a parade on Saturday, July 30 at 6 p.m. The parade route will start at Lake Street and end on Main Street.

• Rental Rates: The board approved increased rental rates for Red Jacket Park pavilion ($125 for village residents and $250 for non-residents); and the boat launch pavilion (small pavalion: $25 for residents and $50 for non-residents; large pavilion and Lake Street pavilion: $50 for residents and $100 for non-residents; Indian Pines pavilion: $125 for residents and $250 for non-residents.

• Tax Cap Waiver: The village board adopted a local law to waive the state’s tax cap for the village’s 2016-2017 budget. The state formula establishing the village tax cap results in a permitted tax levy increase of .12 percent. The waiver protects the village officials if the tax levy increase exceeds .12 percent because of a mathematical error.

• Outdoor Seating: The village board authorized the Keuka Restaurant to have outdoor seating pending the approval of the tables and railings plan by the Historic Commission.

• Farm Market: The village board authorized the Yates County Farm Market to operate from the middle of May to mid-October on the east side of Main Street between Jacob and Elm Streets between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. The board also approved the use of the south side of Jacob Street near Main Street if necessary.

• Easements: The board approved easements for municipal utility for a pump station at the bottom of Hicks Street, and for a proposed easement across premises owned by Knapp & Schlappi Lumber for utility infrastructure.