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Hornellsville wind law in draft stage

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Hornellsville wind law in draft stage: Fire contracts, truck purchase, Lowe’s discussed

By ROB MONTANA – STAFF WRITER
Published: Wednesday, August 9, 2006 12:24 PM CDT

ARKPORT – A draft copy of Hornellsville’s wind law made its way to town board members at their meeting Tuesday night.

The town’s planning board has completed its first draft of the law, Supervisor Ken Isaman said, and now it’s up to the board to review it.

“We’ve got to go over this with a fine-tooth comb, and have some special meetings,” he said.

Isaman also informed the board that planning board members would like to tour the Tug Hill wind project. As opposed to trips organized by wind companies to Fenner, the Tug Hill trip would feature a larger project in the midst of construction, Isaman said.

He also requested that Steuben County present a wind farm forum so all the towns in the county dealing with wind farm projects could gain more information on how to deal with them.

“I was told Southern Tier Central, our regional planning commission, has been awarded a grant to do just that,” Isaman said. “They will be planning an open forum for people involved in wind projects.”

Councilman Bill Giese updated the board on the status of fire contracts with the Arkport, North Hornell and South Hornell fire protection services. Some preliminary discussion has taken place with Arkport’s fire department and hose company, he said, with talks coming up with the South Hornell fire company and North Hornell fire department.

Isaman said the Town of Dansville pays about $10,000 to Arkport, while Hornellsville currently pays $16,000.

“I believe they’re looking for an increase,” he said. “I think they want to update some of their equipment, and they need a new truck.”

In other business:

l A resident asked why North Hornell was trying to keep the town from gaining any financial benefit from the proposed Lowe’s home improvement store project. Isaman said the village wasn’t trying to keep anything from Hornellsville, but rather was trying to gain as much benefit from the project as possible.

“I think their thought is they should get more than we should, which is understandable,” he said. “There are going to be negotiations very soon.”

l The board agreed to purchase a 2007 Sterling 10-wheel truck – which includes cab, chassis and other equipment – for $151,800 on state bid from Tracy Equipment. The truck will replace a 1989 model that will be kept as a backup.

Councilman Roger Schulitz cautioned Isaman about the purchase of equipment, questioning whether the truck is needed.

“I’m against all this equipment expense,” he said, “but I’ll go along with this one.”

The purchase was approved by a 4-0 vote; Councilman Ron Kennell was not present.