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established in ^ 1824 ,65th Year-No. 43 flll|rntttrb 12/31/99 0 J FOREMAN BOX 68 MONMOUTH Wednesday, October 24 ,1990 YATES COUNTY’S OWN NEWSPAPER IL 61462 Penn Van, N.Y. 35 Cents Board appoints interim superintendent /ce nd ‘bunted Barn” ghouls in* elude, above from left: Ber- nie Campbell, Debbie Scott, Luann Campbell, Irene Campbell, H e a ther Coufevan, Buck Campbell, and Lorena Inscho. The -Tblic is in invited to visit tlie Baunted Bam , which wiU offer such scenes as the one at right, from 6 to &30 pjn., Oct. 28 through Halloween. The B a m is located on Main Street in Dresden. A 50 c e n t p e r per­ son donation is requested, with proceeds benefiting I^sd e n Fire Police. (Photos by Russ Hearton) >■- By RUSS HEARTON PENN YAN — The Penn Yan Central School District Board of Education officially appointed Richard Heller as interim super­ intendent of schools a t its regular meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 17. Heller began working in the dis­ trict Monday, Oct. 22. Former Superintendent Daniel Farsaci worked his last day in Penn Yan schools Friday, Oct. 19 leaving these parting comments: “Obviously, I'm looking forward to new challenges in Rome. Still, I will miss Penn Yan, especially the kids. They are some of the nicest Fve ever met, and I mean that. They deserve the best we can give them. “I’ve made a lot of friends that I will miss, however I know that Penn Yan will have excellent in­ terim leadership with Richard Heller and the district will con­ tinue to move forward positively in the future.” School Board President Skip Jensen wished Farsaci well in his move to the Rome District. He noted, “Dan Farsaci has done a good job here and made tremen­ dous accomplishments, of which the Board is fully appreciative. We all wish him well in the new chal­ lenges and opportunities he will face.” Heller was recommended by BOCES Superintendent Dr. Harold Bowman. Heller has worked in Penn Yan Schools in the past approximately one year ago, acting as interim business man­ ager. Heller is very positive about coming to the interim position at Penn Yan. He insists, \I really en­ joyed working in Penn Yan for the four or five weeks that 1 did. Fm certainly looking forward to returning in this position as well.” President Jensen is also en­ thusiastic about the Board’s inter­ im choice. “He is well qualified to run the district. One thing we stressed when we interriewed him is that we didn’t just want somebody to fill a position for a while. We wan­ ted someone that will work and lead the district in a positive manner. We’re confident that Richard Heller will do that,” he added. Heller most recently served as interim superintendent of North Rose-Wolcott after retiring as su­ perintendent of the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District, a position he held for 14 years. According to Becki Bailey, dis­ trict clerk, Heller, “has a long and successful history in the field of education, as a teacher, planner and administrator.” He currently resides in Clifton Springs with his wife, Barbara. Milo property re-appraised 'Haunted B arn to he open DRESDEN — Beniie and Irene Campbell have spent a t least $100 and one month preparing for Hal­ loween. _________ _ _ _ _ _ _ \TScK year, with help from ^mily and friends, the Campbells weate a magical and frightful place for parents and children to visit during the Halloween For the last three years the “Haunted Bam” has become in­ creasingly well attended. Buck Meetings set on planning guide I By BOB GILFILLAN •A ‘j h series of four public meetings are slated to discuss a new coun- I ty-wide planning guide entitled, *Yates County Dxiking Ahead, a Planning and Design Guide.” The guide, developed by Roger IVancik, a planning and urten consultant from Ithaca, addresses growth management concerns at both the county and town levels. 'Ihe town component of the •aide consists of town-specific Ilevelopment Guideline Plans and Kte Design Principles for each of the nine towns in Yates County. According to Marty DeVinney, Yates Counfy planner, “This Material was developed using ex­ tensive input from town resi&nts >id officials regarding their town’s vision of the future and its particular scenic and historical .purees.” In addition, DeVinney noted, ^ese recommended plans can easily be incorporated into each town’s planning program suid land use orinances.” DeWnney also stated that eight county-wide growth management districts are recommended for each town and represent a sliding .^Kale from the easiest to the most difficult sites for accommodating growth. As De\^nney remarked, These districts are mapped, allowing towns to easily direct growth to the most accommodating districts. Another feature of the plan, said De^finney, is that it identifies ample areas in the county for siting development. “A special feature of the plan­ ning process,” explained De­ Vinney, “is that the proposed guidelines have been t^ te d on several actual, representative sites in the county. “Areas,” he went on to add, “in the county representing impor­ tant, typical planning conditions, were identified as case studies and development scenarios were proposed.” . In speaking of the four public meetings scheduled to discuss “Yates County Looking Ahead”, De\finney stated, “Mr. TVaneik will be at each of the meetings to present the planning guide. Al­ though all four public meetings will offer a similar presentation, different town plans will be em­ phasized at the different meetings.” The first m e e ting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 1 a t the Yates County Auditorium in Penn Yan beginning a t 7:30 p.m. County-wide planning issues will be the primary topic on the agenda. Plans for Italy, Potter, and Mid­ dlesex will be discussed at the second public meeting slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 a t the Italy Ibwn Hall. The third public meeting featur­ ing the towns of Barrington and Starkey, will be held a t 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29 a t the Dun­ dee Village Hall. The final public meeting will be held at the Yates County Auditorium in Penn Yan on Tuesday, Dec. 13 a t 7:30 p.m. The towns of Jerusalem, Benton, Milo, and Tbrrey will be reviewed. Campbell insists, “It’s gotten more popular each year. We expect more this year.” According to Buck’s wife, Luann, last year, approximately 400 parents and children visited • the Haunted Bam loaded with spooks and goblins. That kind of attendance would normally cause traffic problems if it were not for the Dresden Fire Police offering roadside direction and parking assistance. The Campbells request only a 50 cent donation per person which all goes directly to the Dresden Fire Police emergency fund each year. Luann Campbell insists, “It’s a really fun thing for parents and kids to do together; only a couple dollars for a whole family, for a good cause — you can’t beat it.” Everyone is invited and parents are encouraged to accompany young children to the “Haunted Bam” on Main Street in Dresden (first house on left going into Dresden, past Bill’s Diner). The fun will be happening from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Oct. 28, 29, 30 and Hal­ loween night, Oct. 31. By BOB GILFILLAN PENN YAN — A re-appraisal of a parcel of land owned by the Town of Milo, on which the town had previously received a pur- eWise ofRt‘'from Yates County Habitat for Humanity, h ^ raised some questions as to which op­ tions the “Ibwo Board may pursue in selling the land. At issue is whether or not the property needs to be made avail­ able for public bid or if the town can sell the property a t a private sale. Initially appraised at $6,000, the parcel of land (220 feet by 300 feet) located on the Rice Hill Road, was recently re-appraised by Century 21 of Dundee for $2,700. The re-appraisal was completed at the request of the Tbwn Board. The Yates County Habitat for Humanity submitted a purchase offer of $1,700, in cash, for the land to the Ibwn of Milo at its Sept. 17 meeting. Speaking at the Board’s Mon­ day, Oct. 15 meeting. Councilman Steve Webster stated, “The new appraisal seems to be more in line with the value of other property in the area.” In addition, Webster remarked, “This (new appraisal) is getting do'.vh to a .m(»e reasonable ,;rice to what Hakntat may be able to come up with.” A committee was appointed to further researeh the Board’s op­ tions. In other action, the Tbwn Board unanimously approved Francis Dumas as town historian. She will replace Kim Van Atta who resigned from the position. Also, the Board saw a videotape presentation by resident Sam Sedam concerning the placement of an unauthorized tow sign on Seveme Road. As Sedam stated, “I wanted to show you (the Board) the crowded conditions there (on Seveme Road) and they could be alleviated by allowing some parking on the other side of the road (where the unauthorized tow sign is situatcd.r The Board stated that it would look into the situation. Yates a m o n g targeted counties State recommends radon testing The New York State Health Department began testing radon levels in people’s homes in June 1987, and since that time has found that radon is a statewde problem. The Department now is urging New York homeowners to test their houses for this in­ visible, odorless and radioactive gas. Gov. Mario Cu<xno proclaimed the third week in October as “Radon Action Week” in New York State, and with that proclamation, reports of testing have revealed that 15 counties have “high radon levels”. Among those counties is Yates County. IVfike Linse, director of the Geneva Dis­ trict office of the New York State Health Department, noted that “We have been able to identify some communities in Yates County that have had radon levels detected above the ‘action’ levels.” “Action” levels refer to levels above the recommended guidelines. He further noted, however, that “we still are dealing with a very low number of tests,” pointing to the fact that only 53 Yates County homes have been tested. From that number, the highest levels of radon have been detected in the communities of Dundee, Dresden and Starkey, he said. He again emphasized, however, that in- those commuhities, only a few houses have been tested for radon levels, including 2 in the Vil­ lage of Dundee; 5 in Dresden; and 10 in Starkey. . The results show the mean picocuries per liter (the level by which radon is measured) to be 12.5 in D u n d ^ ; 10.0 in Dresden and 7.0 in Starkey. The statewide average used for an “action” level is 6 with the state Health Department recommending levels of not more than 4. In light o f the figures, state Health Department officials are recommending that residents particularly in those communities, but also throughout the county, have their homes tested for radon levels. Linse explained, however, that “This is not widespread in the area,” rather “it is localized.” He noted that while one house may test high for radon levels, the house next door may not. Thus, the importance of testing homes. Linse further explained that homes with levels between 4 and 20 are “not considered urgent, but we are recommending that they take protective measures in 2 to 3 years.” Homes showing levels of more than 20, “should take protective measures within 2 to 3 months,” he said, while homes with levels of more than 200, “require immediate remedia­ tion.” In recom m ending th a t homes be tested. Dr. David Axelrod, state health commissioner, said, “It is important that New Yorkers learn about radon, have their homes tested and, if high levels are found, take the necessary steps to reduce radon levels in their homes.” Radon occurs naturally in soil and enters homes through cracks in the foundation, openings around sump pumps, pipes and drains, and through earthen floors. It may even be present in water in a household well, state officials say. * According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the second lead­ ing source of lung cancer and is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths annually in the United States. D e p artm ent o f H e a lth scientists have identified a number of various soil and geologic characteristics that appear to be as­ sociated with elevated indoor radon levels. Many of the high risk areas identified by the state program have highly permeable gravel soils with deep water table. These formations were found in many communities within and outside the 15 counties identified as having high radon levels. The other counties identified as having high radon levels are: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chemung, Chenango, Columbia, Cortland, Dutchess, Livingston, Onondaga, Otsego, Rensselaer, Steuben, Tioga, and Wyoming. Axelrod also emphasized that while these counties have high levels of radon, they are not the only areas in the state where residents are at risk from exposure to dan­ gerous levels of radon. “Radon levels can vary dramatically from one community to another, and even between neighboring homes,” he said. “In our tests, we have found a t least one house exceeding the recommended action level in each county in the state and, in some counties, other than the 15 named, communities have been found with a significant portion of the homes tested showing high radon concentrations. “That’s why we urge residents in high risk areas to test for radon and why it’s important that all state residents consider having their homes tested,” he added. T h e only protection against radon is knowledge and action, and a homeowner can begin learning and acting with a phone call to the local health department,” Axelrod said. Local health departments can provide infor­ mation on the hazards of radon exposure; the availabili^ of free radon detectors for persons who have participated in certain energy con­ servation programs; local commercial sources of radon detectors, and trained radon-removal contractors. Homeowners also can call the State Health Department’s Radon Program toll-free at 1- 800-458-1158. Linse urged area residents to act now, as the state program funding lasts only through March 1991, and he said it is doubtful that funding for the program will be continued after that time. Linse concluded by again stressing the im­ portance of testing, and noting thilt there is a positive side to the situation. “While it is a significant health concern,” he said, “it is one that is readily correctable.”

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