More residents seek water service in Torrey

John Christensen

With the progressing proposals for two water districts in the Town of Torrey, a third group has expressed their desire for municipal water. At the town board meeting Aug. 8, Linda Downs of Arrowhead Beach presented petitions signed by residents of Rock Haven Road, Rock Haven Beach, and Arrowhead Beach requesting a water district be formed. Downs says 100 percent of the residents of Rock Haven signed, and 51 percent of the Arrowhead residents have signed on so far. However, some properties in the process of being sold on Arrowhead may complicate the calculation of majority of assessment.

The third district is further complicated by the fact that Arrowhead is part of the permissive district granted to the Village of Dresden by the DEC when they entered into their water contract with the Village of Penn Yan.

The legal deadlock between Penn Yan and Dresden to supply Perry Point was also discussed. Supervisor Pat Flynn said, “I don’t understand how (Penn Yan) can sell something they can’t deliver,” referring to the need to use Dresden’s water system to deliver the water to Perry Point.

Because of the impasse, Torrey will explore the possibility of continuing the proposed water main from the Benton town line south along Rte. 14, under the Keuka Lake Outlet, and to Perry Point. This would involve the added cost of a pumping station, longer mains, directional drilling under the Outlet, and a water tank or tower. District #1 organizer George Thompson believes the well at Kashong can supply the added needs and would cost less than Penn Yan’s supply. He says Geneva planned ahead by installing a 12 inch main to Benton, and he has volunteered to discuss the matter with the Town of Geneva. “They’re good to work with. At least you can talk to them,” Thompson says, comparing it to the difficulties with Penn Yan.

In other business:

Water testing: A letter will be sent to the Town of Benton water testing for current household supplies in water districts #1 and #2.

Flooding: Highway Superintendent Tim Chambers reported that three cottages on Arrowhead Beach are being repeatedly flooded in heavy rains. He recommends the installation of a larger culvert under a private lot to Seneca Lake and is working with Yates County Soil & Water on the plans.