Town of Bath to Participate in Flood Smart Program
The Nature Conservancy, Southern Tier Central, Steuben County and the University of Buffalo have come up with a project to reduce the damage of Cohocton River’s floods on its communities. The Flood Smart Communities approach has been implemented in Monroe county successfully and is planned to be brought to parts of Steuben county over the next two years. Flood Smart would map and assess floodplain conditions, stream crossings and areas of vulnerability. The Town of Bath has expressed that they will participate while the Village of Bath, with only fourteen properties located in the floodplain, will decline. Flood Smart’s final plan with findings is anticipated to be presented in January 2019.
Foreclosure Auction Held Friday
Over a hundred properties were auctioned at Campbell-Savona High School for Steuben County’s annual auction for foreclosed properties held yesterday morning. The turnout was ample with about 200 people attending in hopes to buy and sell properties. Of the Over 125 properties, Bath’s Club Valentine was given much attention in the press for being the only historic property listed in this year’s auction.
Reed Holding Two Town Halls Today
Congressman Tom Reed is scheduled to hold two town hall meetings this morning. The first will be held at the Belfast Fire Department on 13 Merton Avenue at 8:30. Afterward, he will appear at the Lindley-Presho Volunteer Fire Department 9451 Tannery Creek Road at 11:30am. Like his last series of town halls, healthcare is expected to be the dominant issue among his constituents for today’s meetings as the future of America’s healthcare continues to be negotiated in the Senate.
South Carolina Man Convicted of Sex Crimes
A long-distance truck driver from South Carolina was convicted of Criminal Sex Act in the First Degree, Rape in the First Degree and Incest in the Third Degree for an incident where he engaged in sex acts with a seventeen-year-old in Bath three years ago in 2014. Joseph R. Watkins was convicted after a three-day jury trial and remanded to the Steuben County Jail and will remain there until his sentencing date on September 18, 2017.
Beware of Boating Law, Debris in Keuka Lake
If you’ll be on the lake in Hammondsport, please remember that the recent heavy rains has created runoff into Keuka Lake, bringing debris as a possible floating hazard to swimmers and boaters. Those who are boating, please be aware of floating debris such as tree limbs, logs and stumps in the water. Steuben County reports large amounts of debris at this time so please be cautious to obey state Navigation Law if you are boating and do not exceed a speed of 5mph within 200 feet of Keuka’s shoreline.