Penn Yan formalizes state request

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Dan Hibbard, who is retiring from his Penn Yan Village Justice seat, was recognized by Penn Yan Village officials at the May 19 Board meeting. Above, Chief Mark Hulse and Officer Jeff Stewart present him with a plaque. Many members of the Police Department were on hand for the presentation.

The village’s Home Rule request has been formalized in the State Senate and Assembly, and village officials are hopeful the bills (S05425 and A07551) will be voted on by state officials before the end of this legislative session.

Last week the Penn Yan Village Board authorized Mayor Leigh MacKerchar and Clerk Treasurer Gary Meeks to sign the Home Rule Request forms that are required by the legislative bodies. The bills have been referred to the respective committees on local government.

The justification of the Assembly bill says, “ In 1972 the NYS Legislature authorized the transfer of certain lands at Chapter 353 page 783 to the former owner of the property, Penn Yan Boats, Inc. and their discontinuance as parkland in exchange for other parcels of land. It has been determined that the legal description of the lands included in the 1972 legislation erroneously left out a portion of the lands to be conveyed and this legislation would correct this error.”

MacKerchar explained the forms are a procedural step that must occur after bill numbers are assigned.

In other business at the May 19 regular meeting the board:

• RESIGNATION: Accepted Village Justice Dan Hibbard’s resignation, effective May 31. The board also accepted the resignation of Court Clerk Sharon Nichols, also effective May 31.

• APPOINTMENTS: Appointed Matthew Conlon as Village Justice effective June 1. He was sworn into office by Hibbard. The board appointed Michelle Swarthout as part time court clerk.

• POLICE: Hired Bradley Conover as a full time police officer effective June 3 at a salary of $53,804. He is currently a Yates County Sheriff’s Deputy.

• PAVING: Approved issuing $746,000 in serial bonds to finance paving the following streets in 2015-2016: Benham Street from E. Elm to Clinton Street; Monnell from Lake Street to the end; Keuka Street from Chapel to Court Street; Upper Grant Avenue from Liberty Street to the end; Mace Street from Lake Street to the end; Willow Road from Elmwood Avenue to the Himrod Road; Hicks Street from Lake Street to the end; Waddell Avenue from Hicks Street to the end.

• FLOOD RECOVERY: Authorized seeking bids for engineering services to the Lakeview Cemetery Court Street entrance. MacKerchar said the village is still waiting for FEMA approval for five projects. Trustee Dave Reeve reported City Hill Construction will complete the East Elm Street retaining wall within two weeks and then install the new sidewalk.

• CODE: Attorney Ed Brockman informed the board work will begin on a new chapter of the village code for “Waterfront Pathway.” The new rules and regulations will apply to the pathway that will extend from the pedestrian bridge near Liberty Street to Red Jacket Park. The new code will prohibit motorized vehicles on the pathway, among other regulations.

• SPECIAL MEETING: The board scheduled a fiscal year end meeting for 9 a.m. May 29 at the Village Hall.