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^tablished in 1824 liSlh Year - No. 33 1 2 / 3 1 / 9 9 0 J FOV^EMAN CQ BOX 66? HOHMOUTH 1L 61A62 NEWSPAPER 3171 ? ^ B Penn Yan, N.Y. 35 Cents Legislature okays YC jail expansion Arts s h i n e at F e s t i v a l Dave Clark, above a t left, o f nifountain En- Hprises, P ittsburgh, PA, jenonstrates one of his nopanies’ s u p e rior hand- sifted harps a t t h e K e u k a lrt8 Festival held Aug. 11 ud 12 on the cam p u s of {euka College. At r ig h t, lo- al juggler P a u l R o b b ins NWS the crow d w ith h is Merity and skill a s he j(ggle$ three bow ling balls »ie delight of th e crow d Saturday a fternoon a t th e fettral. Below, a r t i s t E n o la Mson of E lm ira applies the finishing touches to the pretty face of a youngster. painting w a s j u s t one af die dozens o f t a le n ts on ^lay during t h e festival. (Photos by Bob GilfUlan) By BOB GILFILLAN PENN YAN — The Yates Coun­ ty Legislature, by a 9-4 vote on Monday (Aug. 13), approved a resolution calling for a 16*bed ex­ pansion of the Yates County Jail to be completed by late spring of 1991. The plan calls for the renova­ tion of existing basement space at the jail to house inmates in a dormitory-style facility. Cost for the expansion project is targeted a t $270,000. However, as noted by law enfor­ cement officials, legislators, and the project engineers, due to a current trend in a surplus of prisoners across the state, the ex­ panded facilities have the poten­ tial of generating $145,000 per year in revenues for Yates County through the housing of inmates from other jails. According to County Legislator Jack Clancy, \If the projections are right, well be taking in at least $145,000 over and above our cost.” Clancy also pointed out, ‘It’s like a lot of things that we’ve been looking at; it is an opportunity to obtain sources of revenue that are not based on the Yates County real estate tax.” In addition, Clancy stated, “As you know we’ve (Yates CounQr) lost a huge percentage of our manufacturing jobs in the past decade and this would provide a very small shot in the arm in the area of jobs, with the creation of five new jobs; none of them paid for by local tax dollars; all of them paid for by boarding fees.” Yates County Sheriff Jan Scofield, an advocate for the ex­ pansion project, stated his reasons for supporting the proposed plan. “Money is the main thing; income for the county. We can do the renovations in a fairly short period of time and have inmates in there in order to pay for the project probably (within) a year or less.\ He also added that the expan­ sion would help the Sheriff’s Department be more “flexible” in its housing of inmates. “We could use it for our own inmates,” Scofield stated, “You might even be able to house some females (inmates) there again if the need arose; like when we had three or four of them a t one time; which happened to us last year.” Voting in opposition to the resolution, Legislator Nancy Taylor stated during a recess, “My concern is that by the time we get something built, everybody else will have a jail built and we won’t be able to get any prisoners.” As she pointed out, “I think the figures show that there are not going to be as many people in jail; they’re (the courts) going to con­ tinue to use (alternative forms of sentencing) in place of incarcera­ tion and they’re not going to put as many people in jail.\ In explaining his opposition to the proposed expansion, Legis­ lator James Multer stated, “I’ve got a number of reasons. I think we’re adding to the size of county government and we’re adding county employees for the purpose of trying to make money. “I don’t think that government,” Multer continued, “typically is very successful in running businesses for profit and I’m just not sure this is the right way to go” Also voting against the resolu­ tion were legislators Patrick Flynn and Leslie Pitzwater. Spinningdale plans reviewed By LOREE MacKERCHAR PENN YAN — Concerns ex­ pressed more than a year ago in regards to the proposed Spin­ ningdale Subdivision, have been addressed and several changes made in the plans, in hopes that approval for the project will soon be received. A public hearing on the proposal was held Monday night (Aug. 13) at the Yates County auditorium, at which time Dwight Harrienger of Clark Engineers & Associates in Rochester, engineer for the project developers, William Sutherland and Lance McFetridge of Sutherland Corporation, ex. plained some of the changes that have been made in the proposal to address concerns previously ex­ pressed on the project. The l3V^-acre, 23-lot subdivi­ sion project is located in an area that borders Hamilton Steet to the east. North Avenue to the north and Clinton Street to the south. The site would be accessed by a road with entrances on North Avenue and Hamilton Street. The subdivision was originally presented in June of 1989, to the Penn Yan Village Planning Board, which after discussions with vil­ lage department heads, proposed some changes and additions to the project in response to concerns raised in connection with the proposal. Among the concerns expressed A t C linton Crest M a n o r at that time were: the width of the main road through the subdivi­ sion, sidewalks, drainage, sewage, and landscaping. Also at that time, the village planners hired an independent engineer to review the subdivision plans. Harrienger began his presen­ tation at Monday’s hearing, noting that the “major issue of drainage” has been addressed, with changes made to deal with the issue. He explained that a swale will be constructed through the subdivi­ sion area, which is a minimum two-foot deep ditch that will force water to be caught and channeled to a detention basin or retaining pond. The retention area, he ex­ plained, is not actually a pond, rather an indented grassy area that would be dry, except in the event of a storm. That area is designed to hold the water and slow its flow to downstream drainage facilities. Amid concerns expressed by several of the approximately persons attending the i.vaniij,; Harrienger further explained that the proposed system is designed so that the retention area can store a “100-year storm\ whereas usually only a 10-year storm is stored in such systems. He stres­ sed that the system is “more than the codes require.\ Some residents noted that there Continued on page 11 Construction on target ■ ■■ i PENN YAN — Construction of Clinton Crest Manor, the 40-room home for older adults a t 410 Clin­ ton St., Penn Yan, is progressing on schedule, according to Will Sutton, supervisor for the $1.62 million project. “The bulk of the concrete work is finished, and we are now in the process of framing up the three main building wings,” said Sut­ ton, an employee of Keuka Con­ struction, the contractor for the job. “We had a few rain days that in­ terrupted our work, but by an large, the weather has cooperated, and the building should be com­ pleted next spring as scheduled,” Sutton noted. Clinton Crest Manor, designed by architect Robert Vollmer, will face Clinton Street and will com­ bine a brick facade with cedar shingle gables to make an attrac­ tive addition to the area. Three wings projecting south will open to patios overlooking a beautiful landscape of rolling hills .surrounding the I^uka Outlet. Sutton was especially com­ plimentary of the neighbors’ response to the project which in­ volves heavy equipment and ap­ proximately 20 workmen. “The neighbors have been ter­ rific,” Sutton said. “We don’t even know anyone is there,” said Carol Adams of Adams Apple, just across the street from the construction site. Clinton Crest Manor is spon­ sored by the Harpending House Corporation, Inc., a non-profit or­ ganization affiliated with ■ the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home. The facility is designed for older adults who no longer find it con­ venient to live alone and don’t need the care offered in a nursing home. It is made possible, in part, through the estate of former Dun­ dee native, Samuel Harpending. Residents of Clinton Crest Manor will enjoy comfortable and .secure living in an attractive modern building where meals, light housekeeping, laundiy ser­ vices, and recreational activities will be provided. Eastman Beers, chairman of the Board of the Harpending Housing Corporation, expressed confidence that many people in the area will be interested in the facilities and services offered by the Manor. “We have already received a large number of inquiries,\ said Beers, who invites anyone interes­ ted to call 315-536-8800 for infor­ mation. Town board, attorney take heat over actions By BOB GILFILLAN 6RANCHPORT — In this long where temperatures have in the 90s and even the members of the Ibwn “ Jerusalem Board and their attorney took the heat from Jailer source at their meeting Wednesday, Aug. 8, as tem- ignited and a fire storm of 7 'Qsni flared from residents op- to their recent actions con­ in g the South Slope Subdivi- r^ atthe end of Bluff Point over- '**'ag a becalmed Keuka Lake. ^ issue was a July 31 letter «^p!*'ken to Ron Rudio of the office of the New York ■ L** ^®partment of Health by ■ ^Attorney Chris Wilkins with JR h* advice of 'Ibwn Supervisor I DeMay and Councilman [to asking that I to refrain from taking ac- ' \ w an environmental review of the South Slope Subdivision as requested by the town’s Planning Board and its chairman, Michael Pallischeck. According to Wilkins’ letter, “Recently, I have had an oppor­ tunity to review correspondence forwarded to your office by Mr. Michael Pallischeck, chairman of the Jerusalem Planning Board. Upon review of this correspon­ dence, I feel compelled to com­ ment upon its propriety, in order that the position of the “Ifawn Board is clear.” After explaining that both the 'Ibwn Board of the Town of Jerusalem and the Planning Board are “interested agencie^ pursuant to the SEQRA (State Environmental Quality Review Act) and that these “bodies do not have either direct or indirect ap­ proval authority over the subdivi­ sion in question” but do have a statutory right to offer data and information to the lead agency (the New York State Department of Health), Wilkins writes, “A review of Mr. Pallischeck’s cor­ respondence of July 17 and July 19, reveals a request by the Plan­ ning Board that NYSDOH issue a positive declaration based upon the Planning Board’s objections. “It is the position of the Tbwn Board,” the letter continues, “that a positive declaration, based upon the objections that have bron framed, would be inappropriate as a matter of law.” The letter went on to note, “Environmental impact, in order to be a proper subject for review, must be more than speculative. Mr. Pallischeck’s conclusions seem patently speculative and unsup­ ported by hard data. Continued on page 11 C o n c rete w o rk nears com p letion a t Clinton C rest M anor, the 40-room hom e for oldw adults a t 410 C linton SL, Penn Yan, a n d construction is progressing on schedule, ac­ cording to project officials. (Photo b y B ruce W esterdahl) I*\ II - . . .... ■ , . ' 4 . l /- ■ ■■ I

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