PENN YAN — Yates County has invested 10 years and $750,000 in taxpayer money in the Penn Yan Marine property.
No surprise, then, that county legislators sounded eager Tuesday to move a redevelopment project forward.
District II Legislator Tim Dennis introduced a resolution to begin negotiations to sell the property to Chrisanntha Inc. “with a deep sigh of relief and a big sigh of anticipation.”
The resolution passed 13-0, with District II Legislator Rick Willson, a surveyor who has worked with Chrisanntha, abstaining.
“It’s been a long 10 years, and I would like to publicly thank all the people who have worked so hard,” said Taylor Fitch, the Legislature’s chairman.
The county took ownership of the 15-acre site for back taxes a decade ago. An initial redevelopment effort went nowhere, but the county solicited new proposals this year.
Chrisanntha’s plan won out over one submitted by Pennsylvania developer Robert Yoder.
Chrisanntha and its president, Chris Iversen, want to build a low-density housing tract on the site, along with a 26-slip boat basin. A hotel is planned for an adjacent site.
The housing would be aimed at empty-nesters who still want to live on the lake. The two- and three-unit homes would be built around a common green, with walkways and benches.
The project would include up to 42 units.
County officials expect to incur further costs as the project goes forward, but County Administrator Sarah Purdy said she cannot yet estimate them. County leaders hope to recoup their investment over time.
In other business Tuesday:
• REGULATIONS: The Legislature passed a resolution opposing a new interpretation of the Clean Water Act.
Developed by the Corps of Engineers, the draft guidance on identifying what waters are protected by the law would broaden the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory authority.
“In my opinion, it’s just an overreach of the EPA,” said District III Legislator Daniel Banach.
Skip Jensen, a Farm Bureau representative, spoke in favor of the Legislature’s resolution.
He said the new guidance would remove the qualifying word “navigable” from the section of the law dealing with what waters the act covers.
“It’s been said that it could regulate a mud puddle in your driveway,” Jensen said.
• ADMINISTRATOR: The Legislature passed a local law bringing the county administrator’s term of appointment in synch with the term of the Legislature.
The voter followed a public hearing at which no one commented.
• TREASURER: The Legislature created a full-time deputy county treasurer’s position, at a pay rate of $26.76 an hour.
• AWARD: The Legislature recognized Brittany Griffin of Penn Yan, the Youth Bureau’s Distinguished Youth Award recipient for the third quarter of 2012.
Griffin, a senior at Penn Yan Academy, is active in 4-H and Future Farmers of America, and she has done over 200 hours of community service.