Here are the top stories for Wednesday, May 17 2017
Voters have approved school district budgets–and elected members of their local board of education. All of the budgets and propositions passed by overwhelming margins. In Livonia incumbents school board winners there were Robert DeBruycker and Rodney George, In Geneseo, Catherine Bennett, Jennifer Mehlenbacher, Chris McDonald and Julie Matthews, were elected to four open seats on Geneseo board of education..while in Dansville the winners were Brian Applin and Matthew Crane. The two open seats in Mt Morris will be filled by Thomas Young and Pamela Martin and in Livonia, unopposed incumbents Amy Stahl, Richard Wilkins III and Andrew Mayo will return to office.
The mayor of Mt. Morris is getting a raise. The village board has voted to increase Mayor Frank Provo’s salary to $10,000–from $6,500. Those in favor of the raise say it’s only fair because other village workers are getting increases too–and that the mayor’s job, even though it is only part time, requires a lot of time and commitment. Provo took over the mayor’s position on April 1st.
Communities in the Finger Lakes Region are eligible to compete for a ten-million-dollar award to upgrade their downtowns. Governor Cuomo says the state is now accepting accepting applications for the second round of downtown revitalization grants. Ten communities across the state with potential for growth have until mid June to apply for the state funding.
Volunteer fire departments want to be able to charge for ambulance rides. Lawmakers are considering a the bill wouldn’t require a fee but it would let fire departments charge one. Volunteer firefighters were in Albany yesterday lobbying for this bill and another that could provide cancer coverage.
This is police week–honoring those who serve and have served in our communities. Among the agencies taking part–members of the Livingston County sheriff’s office who traveled to Washington DC to
participate in activities there. Sheriff Thomas Dougherty says it’s an important way to remember the men and women of law enforcement for the many jobs they handle.
It takes water to brew beer..but one regional brewery is having a problem because of TOO MUCH water. The Genesee Brewing company in Rochester is expanding and it needs 24 new beer tanks–but 12 of them are too big to transport by land. They are coming in from Albany via the Erie Canal but the water levels have been too high for the barges to make the trip from Albany.