Tuesday November 28
Residents in one Livingston county community will know soon if they owe money on their water bills—or will get a refund—because of 9 years of billing inconstancies. Town officials in Avon found out earlier this year that former water supervisor Dan McKeown had been estimating readings rather than actually reading meters since 2008. Now, the meters have been properly read and the town will recalculate bills. Some customers could get hit with back bills of as much as $2,000. McKeown resigned in June after the discrepancies came to light during the change over to a new water billing system
Livingston County sheriff’s deputies have charged a woman with driving while high on drugs on 390. 33 year old Ashley Adkins was arrested after her car crashed into a ditch on the highway near exit 9. Deputies say they found marijuana and prescription pills in the Honda civic after the crash and that Adkins later failed field sobriety tests.
A man from Mt Morris is facing charges for sexual abuse of a minor that police say happened three years ago. The suspect—who is now 19—is accused of having forced sex with a girl who was 13 at the time. The girl’s parents reported the allegations earlier this month. Because of the man’s age at the time of the alleged assault,, his name is being withheld. Depending on the outcome of the case, he 19 year old could be given youthful offender status. The investigation is continuing.
Dansville Council for Alcohol and Substance Abuse will soon have a new home. The North Dansville town board has approved a zoning variance to allow the council to relocate to a building at 45 Maple Street. CASA officials say they have outgrown their current clinic at 141 Main Street and will set up shop in the old West Herr property in the next few weeks. The new facility will offer space for up to 25 beds to help people in need of a place to stay as they deal with substance abuse, which is a service that hasn’t been available until now.
A new report says New York’s Park s are good for the state economy. According to the economic research study done by Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts parks and those who visited them generated 4 billion dollars into New York from March 2015 to April 2016. The report was commissioned by the advocacy group Park and Trails New York. Letchworth State park is one of the most visited in the state and local leaders say its value to Livingston County goes beyond dollars because of the opportunities it provides for people to get out and enjoy nature. Attendance there and other parks has seen a steady increase in recent years thanks to a statewide program called NY Parks 2020 that began in 2011.
A new poll says New Yorkers are okay with legalizing weed to fix the state budget. The state could be facing a more than four-billion-dollar deficit in April. Yesterday, “The New York Daily News” reported that an Emerson College poll indicates 60-percent of voters in New York support legalizing and taxing marijuana to help cut the deficit. Some research says recreational marijuana could bring the state hundreds of millions of dollars yearly in tax revenue.