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gstablished in 1824 i^^(hycar-Ng._31 (Hbronuh I 9 YATES COUNTY’S OWN 0 f'H Co- iL 6:> -«j 0 Wednesday, August 1,1990 new s p a p e r 35 Cents State officials hold community dialogue M iss Penn Yan crow n e d Sjtah Wedge, a t right, w as crow n ed Miss P e n n Yan d u ring cerem o n ies a t the Penn Yan Country Fife Sidewalk S ale on J u ly 28. F irst runner-up is Stacy Kenyon, c e n ter, a n d second runner-up j, Cyndi Hoffman, left. D etails o n th e w inner a n d o th e r c o n testants is o n p ages 6 & 7. Tbetale was filled w ith lots of bar|dns and activities as shorn at right and below. At Jack Gleason of the Talet County Sheriff’s lOepsrtment gives Ashley a “DARE\ (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) bal­ loon, while Kerensa Meyer loch on. Below, the \duck” invites everyone to participate ji the “Duck Classic”, a Yates Association for R e tarded Citizens fund raiser coming up Sept. 2, while below at rlfbt, Sarah Covert eiduys xinC a clown a t the Rainbow Junction booth. Below in top photo, the Penn Yan Friendship Squares entertain sale crowds on Main S treet, end at bottom, women a t the F nb Yan United M ethodist Church prepare for the 'Country Fare” luncheon they served during the sale. From ft are: Dorothy VanDyke, rving some delicious pie to Bonnie Osborne (seated), Evelyn 'Ihiach, F rances Swan­ son and Marilyn Moravec. [Photos by Loree M acKerchar) By BOB GILFILLAN CANANDAIGUA — If the folks froin Albany were, as one state official noted, lc»king for an op­ portunity to ffind out what was on the minds of Finger Lakes residents,” they received a ringing lesson in civics as area voters took the opportunity to tell Albany ex­ actly what was on their minds. In a two-hour “community dialogue” held on the campus of the Community College of the Finger Lakes (CCFL) Thursday, July 26 a panel comprised of state officials, including Lt. Gov. Stan­ ley Lundine, was questioned and at times severely criticized by many of the approximately 35 people in attendance. Sharp criticism was leveled towards the state’s response to is­ sues ranging from the possibility of state-subsidized food banks; solid waste management; actions of the Department of lYansporta- tion; aquatic weed harvesting; state zoning laws; taxation; preservation of the family farm; as well as other environmental concerns directly affecting the Finger I^akes. In remarks made to the pane], Yates Coun^ Legislator ^ b e r t Pinckney stated, “I wondered, really wondered when 1 saw the notice of this forum, what it was called for — why you were here tonight. I wondered if it was in­ deed in response to the series of articles (concerning the Finger Lakes) that appeared in the D&C democrat and Chronicle).” “I got the distinct impression,” Pinckney stated, “that the thrust of the articles in the D&C was they would like to see a regional agency formed by the state.” That would be “very bad,” he said, “very poor; just wouldn’t go over a t all.\ Pinckney also w ent on to add, “I know in Yates County it would be perceived with a heavy hand if the state even attempted tf, _$orr)R into Yates C<.uniy and dictate how the region would be developed. It would not go over well a t all; not a t all.” Pinckney also noted that the Yates County Planning Office had been working with the Keuka Lake Association and Steuben CJounty trying to form a “water­ shed preservation district around Keuka Lake”. “We’ve already been at it two years,\ Pinckney told the panel, “and it’s going to be a long time coming.” He noted that there is a town in Steuben (Ilounty, with quite a lot of lake frontage on Keuka Lake, and another town in Yates County “that have no zoning laws what-so-ever; absolutely none. So we face quite an uphill battle trying to get this district formed which would encompass all the towns around Keuka Lake. “But”, Pinckney continued, “that is the kind of effort, I believe, will pay off over the long haul. In response to Pinckney’s com­ ments, Lundine stated, “^ y are we here? Is it in response to the D&C articles? As good as those ar­ ticles were, that’s not why we’re here. \We’ve done forum s last year,” Lundine explained, “we’ve had these as regular opportunities around the state. I was in Kingston and did my first one in 1990 a couple of weeks ago and 1 didn’t select Canandaigua because of any articles, but just simply be­ cause it was a good place of inter­ est and we just wanted continue the dialogue (with the voters).\ Lundine then turned several of the specific issues that Pinckney raised to the other members of the panel which included officials from the state departments of Budget, Environmental Conserva­ tion, Rural Affairs, Agriculture, Economic Development and Iburism, for their comments. On the issue of the formation of a watershed district around Keuka Lake, Langdon Marsh, ex­ ecutive deputy DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) commissioner, said, “One of the things that the Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Conservation are going to be doing increasingly over the next few years as part of the protection of both our groundwater and surface water resources, is to encourage municipalities to get together and do watershed regulations.” M arsh w ent on to add, “We went through a series of these back in the early part of this cen­ tury. Now they need to be updated and extended; and brought into the modern era. “TYiey are,” Marsh emphasized, “a veiy significant, potential tool Lt. Gov. Stan Lundine fields specific questions on issues of un- portance to many Finger Lakes residents a s p a rt of a panel p a r­ ticipating in a \community dialogue” held Thursday, July 26 a t C C I^. Officials representing New York State departm ents of Agriculture, Environm ental Conservation, Tourism, Rural Af­ fairs, and the Budget were also on hand to respond to issues raised during the forum. (Photo by Bob GilfiUan) for management of both pollution and eventually of growth; to channel it away from causing ad­ ditional problems of loadings of nutrients and other contaminants into lakes and other water bodies. \I strongly encourage,” Marsh added, “people to look at the watershed regulation approach as the way of dealing with some of the problems that are appearing.” Following Pinckney to the microphone to address the panel was Keuka Lake’s Bluff Point As­ sociation Secretary Art Be- chhoefer. Bechhoefer, who characterized the Bluff Pcdnt Association as a citizens’ watchdog group, stated, “I wanted to say to you Lt. <3ov. Lundine, that we are very grateful for the help that you personally gave our Association two years ago when we brought to your a t­ tention what we believed was an illegal subdivision on the Keuka Lake Bluff. “And you inquired of the Health Department’s general counsel’s office,” Bechhoefer noted, “got them out to find out that what we said was true. And you ordered the Health Department to take action; and they did. If it hadn’t been for you we would have seen 44 illegal houses by this time; so we are really grateful.” However, as Bechhoefer pointed out, sometimes the Association has “a lot of trouble” getting assis­ tance from state agencies in en­ forcing what it believes are violations of the law. As Bechhoefer stated, “We recognize that a lot of trouble is due to lack of staff (in the agen­ cies) to do the kind of work that is sometimes neccessary... My ques­ tion is ‘would you consider legisla­ tion that would make it easier and cheaper for us to sue you?’ “If we sue the Health Depart­ ment,” Bechhoefer stressed, “it costs US 25, 30 thousand dollars just to get it in the Supreme Court under article seventy-eight. That’s eight dmes our annual budget; we could never do that. “If we had the same situation here,” Bechhoefer continued, “as occurs with the federal govern­ ment with regulatory agencies providing at least a portion of those legal fees to groups with standing — with legitimate com­ plaints, not hot-head grievances or anything like that, but people with a legitimate complaint with basis in fact and law, we can help you out. We’ll help you do your work; you don’t have to have big staffs. If something is going wrong, organizations like ours will let you know about it; you can be sure of that. We would like you to consider that.” After noting that he had received other complaints about other state agencies, Lundine stated, “I think that the state would be open, just as we are to the suggestion that was made that we convene Tocus groups’ as far as the future and the planning in the Finger Lakes, to the enhan­ cement of the power of watchdog groups.” Lundine went on to add, “TVe have favored citizens’ suits on en­ vironmental issues. The governor has very strongly taken that posi­ tion. As funny as we all laughed, ‘would you help us sue you’, but as funny as that sounds, it is an em­ powerment of the citizens’ groups such as yours. We are certainly open to it.” As Lundine said with a smile, “Thank you very much for your complement. Usually, when it’s an individual problem, I hear about it — that we didn’t get it done; not that we did. Thank you. I love Keuka Lake.\ OwPs Nest busy for sale PENN YAN — The Owl’s Nest community center was buzzing during the Penn Yan Country Fare Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, as logo t-shirts and hats were being sold, baked goods tempted the taste buds of those on Main Street, and snacks from the cen­ ter’s snack bar were ergoyed by those visiting the center. Also during the sale, a 50-50 raffle was conducted, with Jane Tillman winning the first prize. After receiving the money, she gave half of it (more than $40) back to the center to be used for the youth program. Second prize, a dinner for two, donated by Hilltop Harbor res­ taurant, was won by Miguel Rod­ riguez of Lyons, and the third prize, lunch two, donated by the Pastry Parlo., was won by Leo Hess. Center officials note that the winners can claim their prizes by contacting Ann Kenyon or drop­ ping in a t the Drop-In CJenter pro­ gram after 6 p.m. on 'I\iesday, Thursday or Friday before Aug. 11 . The Sidewalk Sale events were were organized and operated by volunteer youth leader Brian Tnompson, Deb Morey Helmer, newly-hired youth coordinator for the center, and Kara Bailey, assis­ tant coordinator, with help from adult and teenage volunteers. The Drop-In Center program at the community center is now funded by the Youth Bureau, with Helmer of Bellona, assisted by Bailey, coordinating the program. They are currently busy organiz­ ing the teenage drop-ins into a Youth Advisory Council. The center is open three evenings a week (l\iesday, Thursday and Friday) and is sup­ porting up to two dances each month. The dances are still the most popular events, center officials note, drawing from 80 to 150 teenagers. The Program Committee is beginning to meet regularly once again and high on its agenda is the development of a series of programs to benefit senior citizens, singles, preschoolers and elementary-age youngsters. Volunteers are needed and for more information, those interes­ ted can sign up at the center during a drop-in evening or con­ tact Ann Kenyon or Neena Han- : I ■ .-..v. I ■iiy'nlz'siV ri

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