Penn Yan, Milo OK annexation for Tractor Supply

Gwen Chamberlain The Chronicle-Express
A representative from Nixon Peabody, the legal firm representing the McFetridge Family Trust, speaks to Town of Milo and Village of Penn Yan officials during the public hearing held during their joint board meeting.

Penn Yan Village and Milo Town officials have taken steps to annex approximately 4.464 acres on State Route 14A where a developer plans to build a 19,097 sq. ft. Tractor Supply Store into the village.

The boards held a joint meeting July 18 when they conducted public hearings on the annexation and completed the environmental review forms necessary for the annexation requested by the McFetridge Family Trust.

Yvonne Sutton McMillen of Milo, whose family owns neighboring property where she also operates her floral business, voiced her objection to the annexation and development, saying the store will be a duplication of existing retail stores, and will be the start of more development along Route 14A south of the village limits.

Bill Laffin of Milo said he believes the proposed project does not fit with the town’s comprehensive plan. “I urge the town to vote against this proposal,” he said.

Richard Williams also spoke against the store project, saying major corporate retailers undercut other local retailers.

The annexation will allow for municipal utilities to be extended to the site as required by the Tractor Supply Corp.

Both boards approved the resolutions with Penn Yan Village Trustee Kevin McLoud casting the lone “no” vote. Village Trustee Willie Allison Milo Councilman Dale Hallings were both absent.

A representative from Napierala Consulting Professional Engineer, PC, the authorized representative for the McFetridge Family Trust will meet with the Yates County Planning Board at 7 p.m. July 27 for a site plan review and to seek an area variance to allow for 74 parking spaces in stead of the required 122 spaces.

Following the joint meeting, the Village Board conducted its regular monthly meeting which included the following business:

• Outdoor seating: The board approved an application to place one table with 14 chairs outside the Penn Yan Diner on East Elm Street from mid-May to the end of October. An awning will be added soon.

• Retirement: The board accepted, with regrets, the resignation of Police Chief Mark Hulse, for his retirement.

• Acting Police Chief: The board created a temporary position of Acting Chief of Police, and after an executive session, the board appointed Thomas Dunham to the 3-month-long position at his current rate of pay, effective July 29.