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0 J FOREMAN CO p n x AB MONMOUTH I L A:14A2 '‘^ij Established '>1»J in 1824 til 166th Year - No. S ®hF (jUtrnniri^-itxprjfHS * ' YATES COUNTY’S OWN NEWSPAPER ^ Wednesday, January 30,1991 Penn Yan, N.Y. 35 Cents Banner going to Gulf Committee hears initial m erger data By RUSS HEARTON DUNDEE — The be out, but data is beginning to roll in regarding the question of a Dundee and Penn Yan Central School districts merger. Steering Committee members came together at the Dundee Central School Library Monday, Jan. 28 to hear initial summaries of data compiled by Efficiency Study Consultants, Robert Heller, Paul Hailey, Kenneth Harris and Dr. Austin Swanson. First g r a d e r s C a tr in a N o rth, left, an d M egan C irencione of St. M ichael’s School in Penn Yan display a special V a lentine b a n n e r t h a t will be sen t to M egan’s cousin PV2 Kevin M u lberger c u r r e n tly serving w ith t h e A lpha 9th E n g ineering B a ttalion in S audi A rabia. M u lberger w as t r a n s f e r r e d firom G e rm a n y to Saudi A rabia to p a r ­ ticipate in O p e ration D e s e rt Shield. (Photo by Bob GiLfillan) Heller, co-director of the study with Hailey, asserted, “Our pur­ pose here is to share with you (the committee) the data and results we have so far..Any kind of recommendation or written report would be premature. We’re not at that point yet.” The 28-member committee, minus a few, heard preliminary data of past, present and projec­ ted enrollments, capital needs, curriculum, transportation, and facilities of both districts. A retrospective look at ‘90 Editor’s Note: Following is a * look back at the months of August, September and Oc­ tober 1990. The retrospective will continue in future issues ofJ^c Chronicle-Express. AUGUST p Sarah Wedge was crowned Hiss Penn Yan during ceremonies at the Penn Yan Country Fare Sidewalk Sale. Ig Stacy Kenyon was named first runner-up and Cyndi Hoffman was selected as second runner-up. i!f Lt- Gov. Stanley Lundine headed a blue-ribbon panel that met with area residents in a ‘wminunity dialogue” at the Community College of the Finger Lakes (CCFL) in Canandaigua. Among the issues discussed were; the possibility of state-sub- gsidized food banks; solid waste management; actions of the Department of Transportation; a- quatic weed harvesting; state uning laws; taxation; preserva­ tion of the family farm; as well as «her environmental concerns directly affecting the Finger Lakes. 6 The Penn Yan Little League 11-12-year-old All Star team was f thwarted in its bid for the District 5 championship as it lost back-to- back games to Waterloo, tk Former All-Pro running back and Penn Yan native Tbny Collins was signed by the Miami Dolphins after being re-instated by NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Collins, who gained 4,747 yards in 7 previous NFL seasons, had been banned for 2 years following a failed drug test in the summer of 1988. Tbwn Attorney Chris Wlkins con­ cerning >e ^ u t h Slope Subdivi­ sion a t the end of Bluff Point. * Nearly 500 people watched as representatives from Keuka Col­ lege opened a cornerstone as part of the college’s Centennial celebration. The cornerstone had been ini­ tially placed on Aug. 21, 1888 Aihong the cornerstone’s con­ tents were several newspapers, an extremely well-preserved Bible, and a sealed envelope containing the day’s program agenda and a list of speakers and noted guests, tk The Yates County Legislature, by a 9-4 vote, approved a resolu­ tion calling for a 16-bed expansion of the Yates County Jail to be completed by late spring of 1991. Cost for the expansion project was targeted at $270,000, with potential revenues for boarding out-of-county prisoners estimated at $145,000 per year. A fire storm of criticism was levelled by residents opposed to the actions of the members of the Ibwn of Jerusalem Board and At issue was a July 31 letter written to Ron Rudio of the Geneva office of the New York State Department of Health by Wilkins with the advice of Tbwn Supervisor Howard DeMay and Councilman Dick Ackerman, as­ king that agency to refrain from taking action on an environmental review of the South Slope Sub­ division as requested by the town’s Planning Board and its chairman Michael Pallischerk. Wilkins said that he sent tne letter to protect the town from legal liability. ik Paul Dickson resigned as commissioner of the Department of Social Services in Yates County. Dickson had served as the Yates County commissioner since April 9,1979. He was accepted at Regent University, formerly CBN Univer­ sity in Virginia Beach, VA, where he will pursue a master’s degree in public policy. ^ A thick folder with petitions containing signatures from over 1,000 Yates County residents re­ questing that off-track betting (0TB) be placed on the ballot in November, was presented to the clerk of the Yates County Legisla­ ture. The petition drive was spearheaded by members of the “Keep Yates Free from 0TB” Committee. ☆ Participants of the “Bike Keuka — Bike for Love” fund -aiser raised $39,000 for the Ifeddi iVbjMt (in connection with Camp Good Days and Special Times) as they completed a 1 day, 44-mile ride around the perimeter of Keuka Lake. The Teddi Project helps grant wishes for terminally ill children and their families. Nancy Zimar assumed duties as the superintendent of the Dun­ dee Central School District. Continued on page 17 Harris remarked, “There are still a few items to look into with regard to student achievement, programs, etc. — but they are small ones.” The consultants used a -cohort survival method to project future enrollments of all grades K-12. Even though it’s impossible to determine enrollments with ab­ solute certainty, Hailey insisted, “The cohort survival method is universally accepted as the most accurate method in use.” The consultants also presen­ ted their first-look findings after reviewing both district’s civil ser­ vice, teacher and administrator contracts and found them to be remarkably similar in nature. According to Hailey, these con­ tract areas wouldn’t be greatly af­ fected by a merger. He stated, “A merger shouldn’t be any real problem.” Hailey did however foresee complications with respect to teacher contracts, since Penn Yan is represented by the National Education Association of New York, while the New York State United 'Teachers does the bargain­ ing for Dundee teachers. Hailey noted that teachers from both districts would need to elect which bargaining unit would represent them all, and that any contracts formed after a merger would retain “the best of both.” Dr. Swanson, presented elaborate data regarding the financial aspects of a merger. According to his data, Penn Yan is currently eligible for 43.1 percent state aid for any building project, while Dundee is eligible for 68 percent. A merger would create an ad­ justment of that situation causing the consolidated district, to be eli^ble for 51.5 percent state building aid. This may hot appear to benefit Dundee however, a consolidation would also lower the tax rate per $1,000 of assessed valuation for Dundee residents from &16.52 to $10.67. Penn Yan residents would also be lowered to the same $10.67 from their current $11.6 per $1^000. Swanson asserted, “The tax rate seems to work most favorably for Dundee, while the building aid seems to work most favorably for Penn Yan.” Although Swanson’s figures did not include the $2.6 million bond approved 1^ Penn Yan voters in liecember, he is sure, “that would not have a significant impact on this hypothesis.” At the conclusion of their presentation, the consultants dis­ tributed their homogenized findings of interviews conducted with 113 residents of both dis­ tricts, representing diverse seg­ ments of both communities. According to Heller, the inter­ views were designed to provide “general sentiments” of the mer­ ger that are admittedly subjective. Swanson says, “In Penn Yan it seerried to be that a mei^er was something to be considered, par­ ticularly if it were financially beneficial. Whereas, in Dundee it seemed to be that there was no support for a merger under any circumstances.” He continued, “and if this is the case, there doesn’t seem to be any point in continuing to talk about a merger.” Hailey responded by reiterating to the committee that the respon­ ses are not all based on facts, but rather some may be based on what people think are the facts. Project coordinator, assistant superintendent for Penn Yan. Gloria Carroll, explained, “In the best interest of both dis­ tricts...discussion of building a new high school came about after determining that conditions and facilities in both districts were similar. A merger is an option to building, but does not preclude it.” During his presentation on facilities and finances, Dr. Swan­ son explained that “a merger would not effect a need for space at Penn Yan” and referred to the fact that Dundee has a limited amount of space. However, that statement was made without the knowledge of Penn Van’s plans to use the Branchport facility for “educa­ tional purposes” this fall in order to cope with anticipated space problems in grades two, three and five. According to Heller, the con­ sultants expect to have a prelimi­ nary rough draft of a recommen­ dation ready by the end of February when they will meet again with the Steering Commit­ tee. For D u n d ee Am b u lance Corps New building nears completion KLOPAC says trail is county’s responsibility By BOB GILFILLAN PENN YAN — Responsibility for maintaining the 6-mile Keuka Lake Outlet Trail rests squarely on the shoulders of the Yates County Legislature, according to members of the Keuka Lake Out­ let Preservation Area Commission (KLOPAC). Speaking a t their annual meet­ ing held Thursday, Jan. 17 in the Ciwl Defense Room in the base­ ment of the County Office Build­ ing members cited a resolution passed by the Legislature on Feb. 9, 1981 that provides for the preservation of the Keuka Lake Outlet area. In the resolution (#28-81), the Lepslature declared its fun­ damental purposes (for the adop­ tion of the resolution) were: (a) To. preserve the natural features and beauty of the Preser­ vation Area. (b) lb protect the historic and archaeological sites located within the Preservation Area. (c) lb prevent water, air, land and noise pollution within the Preservation Area. (d) To encourage natural, physi­ cal, outdoor and historic oriented recreation within the Preservation Area for use by Yates County residents. (e) That in carrying out the foregoing purposes, no property, with the possible exception of cor­ porate owned property, shall be acquired by process of condemna­ tion.\ However, as noted by Board member Fran Dumas, “I believe, the county when the purchase of the Outlet 'Trail property from the railroad was consummated in 1981; the county promised in writ­ ing to maintain the trail and to expand services to maintain the trail. “That,” she emphasized, “has not occurred. “And,” added Dumas, *ln the course of the succeeding 10 years, successive sets of legislators have made it very clear that they aren’t particularly interested in maintaining the trail.” But, as County Administrator Amy Manley reported a t the meet­ ing the primary factor in the county’s reluctance in proving maintenance for the Outlet IVail is cost. As Manley stated, “The county's position on the trail maintenance is still that the highway depart­ ment doesn’t have the manpower or the funds. “And,” she continued, “they have been instructed not to do any trail maintenance as such.” Manley also suggested that other alternatives may be ex­ plored such as turning the Outlet Trail over to the non-profit Friends of the Outlet committee. “The issue,” maintained Manley, “is still open.\ Officials of the Friends of the Outlet committee said they are unwilling to accept the property due to questions of liability and insurance. By RUSS HEARTON DUNDEE — Construction began in June, 1990, and already the new Dundee Volunteer Am­ bulance Service Building is near completion. “We’re all done except for some finish work, painting, carpeting and some other small items,” said Mark Beilis, ambulance member and Dundee Village trustee. Ray Miller, chairman of the building project explained, “We expect to be able to move in and be fully operating here by the end of February.” The new structure provides the 22-member Volunteer Ambulance Service with 3,200 square feet of needed space. For years, the Ambulance Ser­ vices have shared space a t the Vil­ lage Fire Department with six other vehicles. This new building provides the ambulance corps with enough space for two modular ambulan­ ces, a meeting room, a kitchen area, storage space and a wash bay that can easily be used for a third ambulance in the future, if necessary. Miller explained that the Fire Department had considered ex­ panding the existing Fire Department building to accom­ modate Ambulance Services, but decided not to several years ago after the Firemen’s Benevolent Association purchased the property where the new building now stands. Wide community support has made the project possible, with all the labor, many thousands of hours in total, being donated since the building’s conception. Craig Prior, of Sniedze As­ sociates Engineers of Canan­ daigua, donated his time and ef­ fort in drafting the plans and blueprints for the structure, as well as having contributed to much of the other work. All plumbing in the new am­ bulance building was completed by Jerry Boardman of the Himrod Fire Department and John Brown a Dundee member, while 'Trustee Mark Beilis and Kre Chief John Lockwood installed the 17,000 feet of electrical wiring. “It’s been a constant effort, a real undertaking every night and all day Saturday since day one back in June. It’s the biggest thing we’ve ever gotten into,” Miller in­ sisted. Miller also prints to the hard work of a central core of commit­ ted volunteers who have propelled the project forward. They include Craig Prior, E.M.S. Capt. Al Har­ ris, John FMeco, Skip Pierce, Bill Prior, and Tfed and Doug Miller. The $62,500 cost for the new building will be borne by the Vil­ lage of Dundee, and the towns of Starkey and Barrington, which are the major benefactors of the project, it was noted. Miller however is hopeful of ob­ taining a state grant for $25,000 that will help ease the burden. He asserted, “We’ll be hurting if it doesn’t come through. Fm not sure that we will, but with the way the economy is, I hope so.” Miller is also hopeful that having a new ambulance building will boost morale for the am­ bulance corps by having a place for training and may even help boost its membership. Ail the volunteers are looking forward to introducing the build­ ing in February with an open house and grand opening. M em b ers of th e D u n d e e A m b u lance Service have been spending nearly every w e e k n ight and S a turday since Ju n e constructing the new am b u lance building. P roject co o rdinator Ray M iller and his grandson join Jo h n Fieco a t left, w ith Skip P ierce (on s tairs) in adding some finishing touches to the nearly com p le ted building. (Photo by R u ss H e a rton) \ 4 •■J

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