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OIhronirL • I V A T i r c r ’O T i v T V ’ C n w M 12/31/99 D J FQREHAN CO BOX 68 MOHHOUTH IL 61^62 ■ m ▼ YATES COUNTY’S OWN NEWSPAPER U 6 2 j g Parker issue again in lim elight at DCS By RUSS HEARTON DUNDEE — It has been over a year since Larry F*arker was relieved of his duties as superin­ tendent of Dundee Central Schools. Although all chaises against him have been dropped and Nancy Zimar is the new su­ perintendent, there seems to be no short-sighted resolution to public anxieties. At the regular meeting of the Dundee School Board of Educa­ tion Thursday, Oct. 11, Robert Briggs, representing the Concer­ ned Citizens for Education, presented the Board with a peti­ tion signed by 150 district voters as a formal request for a public hearing regarding all issues and charges that culminated in Parker’s dismissal. According to Briggs, the 150 signatures are indicative of at least three times that number of concerned citizens. Briggs explained, “We want to know how it all happened so sud­ denly? What were the 16 pages of charges? We hope that a hearing would answer those questions and get the Board and public to un­ derstand what went wrong and prevent the same thing from hap­ pening again.” He continued,“The Board is avoiding the issue and it should be resolved.\ Briggs presented the petition to the Board a t the first opportunity for comment during the meeting. He delivered a speech before ac­ tually presenting the petition. In this speech he asserted that with regard to the Parker charges, “The public has a right to know, and is prepared to exercise that right.” He demanded that the Board “come clean, totally clean on the Larry Parker affair,” and in doing so offered the Board an ul­ timatum. “If you (the Board) insist upon frustrating the public’s legitimate wishes and looking upon our in­ volvement as unwanted inter­ ference, we can gaurantee that you will have practically no mean­ ingful, representative involvement in the school or efforts.” Board President Elin Miller as­ sured Briggs that the Board would take the matter under ad­ visement. Board member Robert Mann took the first action on the request and moved to have a public hear­ ing. That was defeated by a vote of 4-2. The Board did however vote to have Superintendent Zimar make an official response to the request. The nature of the response, ac­ cording to Zimar, will focus on the fact that “public comment is en­ couraged in this juncture” and is an integral part of the revised agenda structure of all Board meetings. Briggs believes that Superin­ tendent Zimar is not involved in this matter, but Zimar insists that as superintendent it is typical for her to act as a liaison between the Board and public. Zimar also stressed that, “The Board would love to put this issue to rest and get on with education as we start the *908.” Even though the charges have been dropped, any disclosure of that information could cause a problem, according to Zimar. She asserted, ‘People need to under- Continued on page 2 Fire Prevention Week events Above, in full em e i^ency gear, Mike Shriver, a m e m ­ ber of the P e n n Yan Volunteer F ire D e p a rt­ ment, shakes th e little hand of a child du r in g a Fire Prevention Week visit a t Rainbow J u n c tio n Child l)are Center. At right, Shriver and firem an George Hayes accom p a n y Fire Chief WiUiam Allison on a visit to St. M ichael’s School w ith th e 1,500 g allon pum p er tru c k w h ich fas­ cinated the youngsters. (Photos b y R u ss M earton) Culvert-bridge to be repaired PY cem etery fees hiked By RUSS HEARTON PENN YAN — With Halloween approaching it’s only fitting that the Penn Yan Village Board would adopt a new fee schedule for cemeteiy charges. Anyone looking for burial spaces in village cemeteries can save by purchasing a plot before Nov. 1, as current prices expire af­ ter Halloween. Most plot and service prices vary for residents and non­ residents, by as much as $50. In announcing the new fee schedule at the Monday, Oct. 15 meeting of the! Board, Mayor Robert (Kayo) Hull used disinterment service as an example of a $25 price differ­ ence. In that case he stated, “By the time they get there, they’re residents aren’t they ?” The ^^lIage Board also voted Monday night, to hire Penn Yan Builders to perform emergency repairs on the North Avenue cul­ vert-bridge. According to Dick Osgood of Penn Yan Builders, the condition of the structure is serious. He stated, “There is severe deterioration at or near the flow line in five locations, including a hole that measures three to four feet deep a t the flow line.” Osgood used a series of drawings to il­ lustrate for village trustees the areas of weakness. In its present condition, the deterioration is so severe that it presents a clear threat to the safety of anyone travelling over the bridge. (Osgood asserted, “It’s not a question of if it will collapse, but when it will collapse.” Osgood presented the Vill^e Board with a plan for repairing the culvert-bridge that could presumably save the village a minimum of $90,000 involved in totally replacing the existing structure. According to Osgood’s proposal, the village will provide all neces­ sary materials for the job includ­ ing concrete and steel. Penn Yan Builders will supply two workers and the proper equipment to work for eight days a t a cost not to ex­ ceed $7,450. Osgood believes that given desirable weather conditions, eight days would be sufficient time to complete the emergency work. The work would involve filling holes and bolstering the bridge supports that have been damaged by extensive underground erosion. Osgood stressed, “These repairs will work in conjunction with a permanent solution.” The emer­ gency work will prevent further deterioration and, according to Osgood, allow future construction of “a culvert-within-a-culvert” at a later date. Although no precise plans for that work exist, O^ood estimates that his idea for a permanent solution would require ap­ proximately six weeks to com­ plete. However he noted, “if failure of the structure ac­ celerates, it’s an entirely different situation.” Who can be out p ast 11 p.m.7 According to \fillage Attorney An­ thony (3eraci, anyone can. Mrs. Edward Anderson of East Main Street in the village expres­ sed her concerns over enforcement of the village curfew law. Apparently there is a curfew law in the village, however (3erad Continued on page 2 A r tistic’s PY facility exceeds e x p e c tations of company, local officials (inJ PENN YAN — Artistic Greetings, in conjunction with the Yates County Tbrnorrow Commit­ tee and Yates County Industrial Development Agency, held an open house ceremony a t the Penn Yan site earlier today (Wednesday, Oct. 17), to celebrate the opening of Artistic’s data entry facilify at .«the Keuka Business Park, (former ’‘CEXoffice building). The facility has exceeded the expectations both of the parent company and the Yates <^unty business groups which attracted it to the area. “We are delighted with the results so far,” said David Lee, vice-president and general manager of Artistic Greetings, •^Inc. of Elmira. “We have found ” what looks to be a quality resource of skilled people to sup­ port the company’s efforts. The turnover rate has been low and the quality of work has been un­ usually high for such an early stage in this satellite operation.” Artistic Greetings opened its new Penn Yan operation in July of this year, as a data entry facility •^processing mail orders for per- '^sonalized items. According to Michelle Crane, Penn Yan Site manager, between 10,000 and 15,000 orders are inputted each day by the 59 employees currently located at the facility. “We are also beginning to accept applications for additional employees to staff our second shift,” added Crane. “This will in- Jclude openings for several full- I# time and part-time positions in I addition to the employees cur- I rently working for us at this ■ facility.” I If Artistic Greetings is happy I with Penn Yan, local business I leaders are equally enthused about the company’s contribution to Yates Countys economy. \Artistic Greetings originally projected between 20 and 30 new jobs, but already the number has grown to almost double that,” said Steve Marchionda, chairman of Yates County Tbrnorrow. Added <3orinne Stork, vice chairman of the Yates County In­ dustrial Development Agency, “The new operation is a real boost for the county in terms of jobs, economic development, and new­ found confidence. It also shows what can happen when you have a facility readily available and two groups c{ people working together towards a common goal,” she ad­ ded. “Using this same approach, we are confident that we will attract additional companies with quality jobs similar to Artistic, in the fu­ ture,” Stork added. Yates County Tbrnorrow and the Yates County Industrial Develop­ ment Agency teamed up earlier this year to attract Artistic Greetings to the area. When the company decided to open a satel­ lite facility for data processing, Penn Yan was one of several locations under consideration. A major factor in its final selection was the work of these two groups. “The quick, thorough and cooperative response of Yates County 'Ibmorrow and the Yates County Industrial Development Agency was a major factor in our decision,” said Lee. “They had the requested information on our desks in Elmira before our people even returned from the initial meeting in Penn Yan. They turned problems into opportunities and they even went so far as to haul the furniture in and physically help assemble the desks at our Penn Yan site. Now, that’s what I call service.” A quality-conscience work force will be just as important in keep­ ing Artistic Greetings’ satellite facility in Penn Yan, it was noted. Artistic Greetings, with 1989 an­ nual sales in excess of $20 million, specializes in mail order per­ sonalized items. As a result, ac­ curacy at the point of input is critical, since any errors in per­ sonalizing an item can be very costly. “Artistic Greetings is looking forward to positive growth with an emphasis on our customers, our employees, and quality,” said Lee. “The Penn Yan facility fits in very well with those priorities, and we look forward to a bright future together.” Marchionda, Yates County IDA Chairman Prank Hicks and Stork also recently visited Artistic's facilities in Elmira. “We were all very impressed by what we saw on our tour of the Artistic facilities,* said Hicks. “It was truly amazing to witness the coordination involved in the sales, manufacturing and shipping of the wide varieQ' of personalized items offered by Artistic.\ Added Marchionda, “It was a unique experience, to say the least. I couldn’t believe how the entire operation flowed together so smoothly and 1 can only say that I am pleased that Yates County has the opportunity to be a part of the Artistic operation.” “I agree,” added Stork. “If we can continue to provide the same quality work force for Artistic as we have to date, we’re confident that we will be a participant in their future growth as well,” she said. ^' ■ A ' V a - Above, a n em p loyee a t A rtistic Greetings’ P e n n Yan facility, is shown a t work. An o p e n , house w as held a t the site earlier today (Wednesday, Oct. 17). Below, Yates County business leaders visit A rtistic’s facilities in Elm ira, and are shown here w ith David Lee second from r ight, vice president and general m a n a g e r o f the company. M aking th e trip from Yates County w e re from left, Corinne Stork, vice c h airm an of the Yates C o u n ty I n d u s trial D evelopm ent Agency (IDA); Steve M archionda, chairm a n of Yates C o u n ty Tbrnorrow; Lee; a n d F r a n k Hicks, c h a irm a n of the IDA. iK

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