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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, December 12th

Canisteo CSD Budget Vote Postponed:


The budget vote for the Canisteo School District that was set for today has been postponed.  The new voting date will be May 15th 2018.



Steuben Co. Sheriff, Canisteo Police Chief Talk Police Presence in Canisteo:


At Monday night’s meeting of the Canisteo Board, Canisteo Police Chief Kyle Amidon and Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard made an appearance to talk about the possibility of increasing police presence in the village.  Both agreed that times are changing and that all types of crimes are increasing locally, with response times taking longer because of lack of manpower.  Amidon said that if they increased the number of hours the village P.D. was in operation, most calls could be handled locally and in a timely fashion.  Currently, the village P.D. handles roughly 22 percent of calls, with the Sheriff’s Office and State Police covering the rest.  Supervisor Steve Weed said he has decided to form an ad hoc committee to get numbers on cost and the effect it would have on local taxes.  Then the board can make a decision on whether it’s feasible and send it before the public for opinions.



Steuben Construction Work Expected to be Completed in Late 2018:


Steuben County’s $8.7 million construction projects set in motion this year are well underway, with their anticipated completion set for the end of 2018.  County Manager Jack Wheeler said the construction, which will be paid through county reserves, is necessary due to state requirements.  The county’s first capital construction campaign in nearly 10 years calls for an office complex on East Morris Street, and a storage/records building on Mount Washington.  The new building is located across the street from the current county building, on the site of two deteriorating county-owned houses, which were demolished last spring.  The project has no impact on village tax rolls.  The county expects to store electronic voting machines in the new complex, and the Board of Elections offices will be there also.  State-required records will be stored at a smaller building built on Mount Washington.



Speed Limits on Steuben Co. Traffic Safety Board Agenda This Week:


The Steuben County Traffic Safety Board will meet later this week. The Board has received a number of requests from municipalities regarding speed limits and proposed changes. According to the meeting agenda, state officials have approved a speed reduction to 45 mph on County Route 3 from the start of Goodhue Lake to the end of Goodhue Lake. However the DOT has denied requests for lower speed limits on some roads in Thurston and Addison. The DOT also refused to revisit a request from the Finger Lakes Boating Museum to re-evaluation the speed Limit on CR 88 from Cider Hill Road to the Hammondsport Village Line. The speed limits will remain at 45 mph.



Steuben Co. Sheriff Reminds Drivers to Take Care This Winter:


With our first accumulation of snow this week, Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard is reminding all drivers that it’s time to remember some basic winter weather safe driving strategies so we can avoid collisions and have a safe and happy holiday season.  Remember that bridges and overpasses freeze before roadways.  Remember to allow extra time for your commute.  Completely remove snow and ice from your vehicle windows and field of view prior to driving.  Remember to give plow and sander operators room to do their job.  Create a larger reaction distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you so that you have more time to react.  Keep an emergency bag in your vehicle in case you become stranded.  Finally, be aware of and use alternate routes when appropriate due to closed roads, collisions, etc. 



Hornell Elks Lodge Donates $1.5K to Hornell Food Pantries:


In this season of giving, Turning Point Hornell is recognized Hornell Elks Lodge #364 for generously awarding a grant in the amount of $1,500 to support Turning Point food pantries in Hornell and Canisteo.  The donation was made possible by the Elks National Foundation, which created a $1,500 Anniversary Grant in honor of the Elks’ 150th anniversary.  The grant was made available to every Elks Lodge in the nation to encourage even more charitable work.  Hornell Elks Lodge #364 applied for one these grants, was approved, and a check was presented to Turning Point just as the food pantries were preparing for the holidays.



Steuben Co. Children Shop with Cops:


A few dozen children were rounded up by Steuben County law enforcement last week, but it was all for fun.  The children took part in the third annual “Shop with a Cop” party, where they were taken to Kmart in Bath to shop for gifts with help from local officers.  They were also treated to a buffet at the Public Safety Building and a tour of official vehicles.  The project was funded through participation in “No-Shave November” and private donations.

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