The Cohocton Town and Village boards met in an hour-long special joint session, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


The meeting was conducted on the same night as the regularly scheduled town board meeting. Both  boards convened for their regular meetings simultaneously afterwards.

The Cohocton Town and Village boards met in an hour-long special joint session, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


The meeting was conducted on the same night as the regularly scheduled town board meeting. Both  boards convened for their regular meetings simultaneously afterwards.


The meetings took place in the Cohocton Town Hall in Atlanta.


Cohocton Town Supervisor Jack Zigenfus said the purpose was to discuss issues common to both municipalities, and that he, as well as others, felt it is nice to have the two entities come together to be proactive in tackling some issues.


Cohocton Village Mayor Tom Cox said he thought the meeting was very productive and informative.


He said it’s been about two years since the last joint meeting.


New Village Offices


The lease for Village offices on Maple Ave. will need to be renewed in May. Mayor Tom Cox announced that the lease is being proposed for five years at a $300 per year increase; totaling the cost to $800 per year for five years to the Village.


As the Cohocton Library is preparing to move into new space on Maple Ave., the Village is pondering moving into the soon-to-be vacated library building on South Main Street, owned jointly by the Town and Village.


The Village would lose 10 square feet of space there, Cox said.


Regarding any upgrades to the library property, the mayor said the electric meter should be moved from a pole about 200 feet from the library to the building.


The boards also discussed the issue of roof repair and taking down some trees surrounding the library as well.


Other proposals for the grounds included plowing and maintenance being paid for by the Village, and mowing costs paid for by the Town.


Since both entities own the building, Cox proposed the Village should share utility expenses with the Town on a 50/50 split; which has been for many years a 70 (Town)/30 (Village) split.


Costs for the removal of trees and roof repairs should be split evenly.


Town clerk Sandra Riley shares space with village clerk Katherine Wise in the Maple Ave. facility on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Both clerks noted that there should be ample room in the library for the both of them.


Each board will vote on the agreements seperately after a written contract is drafted and reviewed by their attorneys.


Comprehensive Master Plan


The Town’s Comprehensive Master Plan is about 35 years old, Zigenfus noted, stating that in his opinion, it is time to be updated.


The boards agreed to ask the joint Town and Village Planning Board to look into drafting a new master plan.


EMS?Consolidation Study update


Mike Walker, former Atlanta-North Cohocton Fire District chief and a member of the EMS consolidation study group, addressed the boards on an update of the study.


The study included the municipalities of the Town and Village of Wayland, the Atlanta-North Cohocton Fire District, the Town of Cohocton, and the Village of Cohocton Ambulance Service.


The Village of Wayland’s abrupt pull-out from the study mid December has caused the firm conducting the study, ESCI, to go back to the drawing board, so to speak, revamp its draft with the Wayland Fire and Ambulance Department taken out.


The Wayland Fire and Ambulance Department felt that the proposals in the study were unfair to village taxpayers.


The Town of Wayland, as well as the other entities, is still on board with the study, Walker said.


The grant for the study expires March 31. With Wayland’s pull-out resulting in a revamp of the draft, causing a delay in the timetable, Zigenfus said it would be wise for the Town, which is the lead agency for the grant, to apply for an extension  in the event the study is not completed in time.


If an extension on the grant is not filed in a timely manner, the Town of Cohocton fears it may not be reimbursed the money it fronted for the study.


The extension was filed last week.