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Yates County fund helps natural resource & recreation projects

Yates County Legislators are investing $44,000 of occupancy tax revenue in some of the county’s natural and recreational resources.

“This is a significant step for this legislature. This is going to improve the quality of life in Yates County,” commented District 2 Legislator Timothy Dennis, who was chairman of the legislature last year when the fund was established.

Outlining an application and approval process and approving the first distribution has taken about a year, and Monday three local projects were granted funds:

The village of Penn Yan and Friends of the Outlet will each receive $18,000, and The Arc of Yates is receiving $8,000. Penn Yan Director of Public Works Brent Bodine says the village will use its portion to help with repairs to the beach at Red Jacket Park.

The Friends of the Outlet will apply their award to projects that will improve safety, security and water quality along the Keuka Outlet Trail.

The Arc of Yates will use its $8,000 on improvements to the Greenspace Park project near the agency’s North Avenue headquarters.

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