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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • H’port, Urbana to meet Wednesday

  • The first joint meeting of the Village of Hammondsport and the Town of Urbana in five years is slated for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Town Hall on State Route 54.

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  • The first joint meeting of the Village of Hammondsport and the Town of Urbana in five years is slated for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Town Hall on State Route 54.
    The meeting is expected to be a relaxed get-together, with a flexible agenda focused on joint projects and common needs.
    “We don’t want so tight an agenda that that’s all we talk about,” Village Mayor Emery Cummings said. “This is two boards just communicating, steering to common goals.”
    Urbana Town Supervisor John Webster said board members are looking at items to discuss, but he expects questions about handicapped parking spots at parks, and village assistance in policing the boat launch and docking.
    The town and village have has an unusual – and sometimes argumentative – relationship. In the past issues have arisen over village regulations regarding town property within village limits.
    After a joint meeting in January 2006, when the municipalities agreed to some shared services, little has been done in the way of common projects.
    But there are likely to be a number of common goals in the future, Cummings said.
    “There’s the Curtiss Park area, the rail line, the town is working on a
    trail,” he said, adding a number of future projects are shaping up under the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency. “We’re an important tourism area, we deserve some attention, too.”
    The village was designated “America’s Coolest Small Town in 2012” and featured in the contest’s sponsor Budget Travel magazine last fall.
    At least one years-old disgreement is likely to be resolved soon, according to Cummings and Webster.
    A joint water agreement between the village and town lapsed in 2009 and has not been renewed. The agreement allowed the village-owned water system to provide services to some regions in the town.
    But confusion about some water district boundaries showed Hammondsport has supplied water to some areas in the town without being able to charge for the service for years.
    The village also has absorbed the cost of the service and repairs in the town, according to Village Public Works Superintendent Randy Hoad.
    Webster said he met last week with Cummings and Hoad to discuss the agreement.
    “In principal, we’re there,” he said. “I believe we’ve resolved that.”
    “Yes, I think we have,” Cumming said.
     Any new agreement must be passed by both municipal boards.

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