Geneseo, NY


The people's choice in Livingston County... and beyond!
You Are Here:
Home»Lake & Valley Clarion»Year in Review»Livonia
Go To:
Lake and Valley Clarion NewspaperGenesee Country MagazineClarion Communications

Visit our Sponsors
Best of Livingston
Business Directory

Gold Sponsors

The Bank of Castile

Benson Real Estate

John W. Chanler Agency, Inc. Insurance

Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc.

Ideal Chevrolet & Oldsmobile

SUNY Geneseo

Wyoming County Bank

Fire Commission rejects request for station revote

Railroad deals with unwanted suitor

Village plans infrastructure upgrade project

Townhouse project opposed by citizen's group

Two Livonia Central students die in auto accident

Ripples and Waves by Jean Meekin

Fire Commission rejects request for station revote

The November 1 referendum vote on the proposed new $1.9 million Livonia fire and ambulance station became highly controversial after government officials and others levied charges of inadequate publicity. The proposal passed by a close 256 to 242 vote.

Fire Commissioners and firefighters countered that the vote had been announced as a legal notice in the fire district's official newspaper, on the sign in front of the fire station, in a Democrat & Chronicle newspaper story, and at an informational meeting at the school. Also, an opponent of the proposal had gone door to door with flyers, thus thoroughly publicizing the election, albeit in an ironic sort of way.

Also at issue was the informal paper ballot voting procedure and the presence of firefighters 'milling around' village hall while the vote was underway.

At the Fire Commissioners meeting of November 13, Town Supervisor Tim Wahl, Village Mayor Calvin Lathan and several fire district residents complained about the vote and advised the commission to consider a revote. The requests were politely but firmly rejected by Commission Chairman Lew Pinto and the other three commissioners present. Contract bidding and construction for the station would be proceeding per the commission's planned timetable, Pinto said.

In spite of the uproar, no formal, legal challenge to the station vote emerged. The proposed new facility will be located on Route 15, have four truck and three ambulance bays, abundant parking, and a modest size meeting room.


Railroad deals with unwanted suitor

On August 8 the Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Railroad Board of Directors voted to recommend a reverse ten-to-one split in company stock. The recommendation was approved at the August 16 meeting of railroad stockholders.

Under a buyout plan, holders of less than ten shares had to sell their shares to the company for the fair market rate of $496 per share.

Impetus for the reverse split was an alleged threat of an unfriendly takeover by an anonymous buyer who was in the market for LA&L stock. Overt evidence of the buyer's existence was an advertisement periodically appearing in the Penny saver, offering to purchase shares at $300 each, and a recent letter from an individual stockholder to other railroad stockholders, offering to purchase any quantity of stock at ten percent above the company offer. Under threat of litigation, the LA & L had been forced to provide this individual stockholder with the address list of all stockholders.

The existing LA&L Board of Directors is comprised of individuals who have been associated with the railroad for many years–some since the 1964 formation–and who have nurtured the LA&L. That group sees itself as the rightful heir to management and ownership of the railroad, having turned a discarded Erie Railroad branch line into a well maintained, profitable, and heavily trafficked short line.

This was the second reverse stock split for the LA&L. A four-to-one split took place in 1996. Under the incumbent railroad management, LA&L stock valued at $10 in 1964 has increased in value more than tenfold, while also paying out about three times its initial cost in dividends.


Village plans infrastructure upgrade project

For the final four months of 2000, the Livonia Village Board has been discussing and publicizing a proposal to invest in upgraded infrastructure in connection with the NYS DOT Route 15-Route 20A reconstruction slated for 2001. This will be the first large project undertaken by the village in several years, and, for the first time in several year, taxes will be upwardly impacted–to the tune of $1.00 to $1.25 per thousand of assessment, a 10 to 12 percent increase.

The project would complete the village's share of new water main installation along the state highways and create a workable storm drainage system along upper Big Tree Street.

Water costs are being shared with the Town of Livonia and county water authority. Upper Big Tree, which will be a heavily utilized detour route during the state construction, will be repaved at DOT expense. The drainage installation, if it is ever going to be done at all, should proceed the repaving.

In December, the village formally authorized the project by borrowing$652,000. Not all of this debt will accrue to the tax rolls. DOT is reimbursing $130,000 for the upper Big Tree paving and $100,000 is coming from fund balance accounts.


Townhouse project opposed by citizen's group

While Housing Opportunities was fighting to qualify for a property tax abatement for its already built Geneseo townhouses, the organization had more fundamental difficulties in the Town of Livonia, where a large contingent of citizens have organized to stop an affordable housing project from even breaking ground.

Housing Opportunities has proposed 32 affordable income units occupying eight townhouses as an initial phase of a development complex which will eventually encompass the full 72 acre parcel currently owned by Charles Aprile's Premium Development Corporation, located behind Minnehans Restaurant in Lakeville.

The Citizens for Responsible Development group which opposes the project mustered a 500 signature petition and promised to be a forceful presence in the November, 2001 Town of Livonia elections. The Town of Livonia Planning Board has thus far received the developer's preliminary proposal and has requested hypothetical sketches of later phases of development—which have been supplied.

Under a heavy atmosphere of controversy, town officials have pointed out that the type of development being proposed is acceptable for the zoning status of the parcel, but no approvals of any kind have been authorized for the project. Town officials have indicated that the planning board is ready to look at a more detailed plan for the project.

The citizens group was angered to have recently discovered that Housing Development, in its annual report, had interpreted the current project evaluation stage as one of ‘preliminary approval.' The Livonia Town Board, which has become very sensitive about the project, informed Housing Opportunities of what the board considered to be a misrepresentation. A written apology was forthcoming from Housing Opportunities this week.

Charles Aprile and Housing Opportunities representative Julie Everett intend to present a site plan for town planning board approval sometime in the summer of 2001.


Two Livonia Central students die in auto accident

A September 18 single car accident on Clark Road in the Town of Conesus took the lives of Anthony Waters, 15 of Lake Road in Conesus, and Melissa Meyers, 16 of Big Tree Street in Livonia. Both were Livonia Central students.

The driver of the car, Chris Konish, 16, who shared Water's East Lake Road address, survived the crash, but had life threatening injuries.

State Police investigation revealed that the vehicle had apparently been traveling at a high rate of speed. The car had skidded across the highway and struck a tree along a relatively straight stretch of road.The driver was wearing a seatbelt. The two passengers who did not survive were not.


Ripples and Waves by Jean Meekin

A "Wild Bill" Game

Son Joe and I are avid football fans, especially the Bills. (Non-football) friends of ours won two tickets to a Bills game and they gave the tickets to us. Since Joe and I had never attended a Bills game, this was to be a great adventure! The tickets were for Sunday, Dec. 17. Are you getting the picture?

We went to Buffalo on Saturday afternoon because of stormy weather predictions. We stopped off around Cheektowaga for the night. It poured all evening. After dinner, we went out to purchase shampoo along the 2-3 mile plaza strip. Several places were closed early due to a blackout. We finally found a Wal-Mart that was lit. The humongous snow piles (from the Big Storm of a month past) blocked the pouring rain and the parking lots looked like shallow swimming pools -several inches deep. That was Saturday.

Sunday morning brought winds and light rain. At the stadium, we were directed to handicapped parking for little old me. However, the tickets were for the opposite end of the stadium. So I limped and I limped (moreso) until I thought I wouldn't make it, but we finally found our seats.

The stadium was beautiful and the field a bright green. The wind soon began to roar. By the end of the first quarter, the wind picked up even more and the snow began to fall. It really didn't fall, though, because it went sideways and swirled a lot. The temperature dropped out of sight. A punt into the wind would go up and then just hang there and then drop like a ball of lead.

We were very near the luxury boxes and I was tempted to knock on Mr. Ralph Wilson's door. I wanted to say,"Ralphie baby, after you, I am the oldest living thing in the stands and I want in." Actually, I was too frozen to move.

Soon the bright green field turned to gray pea soup- when you could see it! Doug Flutie looked like a little boy, but could he run. And still, most of the 40,000 people stayed.

In all the cold, a dumb guy ran out on the field, dropped trou and was immediately escorted from the field. Up above us were some dumber guys, naked from the waist up, in the blowing blizzard, cheerfully waving their cups of beer.

It became difficult to see which team was which, what with all the snow. Steady winds were in the forties, with gusts up to 60 mph. We had about an inch of snow on our blanket. All you could see of me was my glasses.

On the way out, what with all the wind, people were blown down the ramps which were quite slippery. I clung to every railing I could find with Joe holding up the other side.

All in all, it was a great adventure. We stayed over and came home Monday morning. It was lots of fun and, best of all, we survived! I finally saw a Bills game (at my age!) and I'm finally warm.

Happy New Year, every body.

On the level

The level of Conesus Lake was 817.71 feet above sea level on Dec. 21. One year ago, the lake level was at 816.72 feet above sea level. Precipitation (liquid) for the week Dec. 15-21 as 0.21 inch.



According to WebCounter you are the person to answer the Clarion Call
©2000 Clarion Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
This site designed by Clarion Communications.