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INSIDE THE FLX: Geneva Town Supervisor Mark Venuti on ag commerce, water plant cybersecurity and solar power savings (podcast)

In this episode, we talk with Geneva Town Supervisor Mark Venuti.

A public hearing has been set for May 26 on a proposal to clarify the town’s zoning law concerning ag commerce. He says some changes have been made to the proposal due to some public opposition. There is no need to sign up to speak at the hearing. Anyone who wants will be allowed three to five minutes to speak.

The town renewed its agreement with Integrated Systems to provide networking and other computer support. The town gets a block rate. The town purchased another block of 100 hours for $8,500.

A public hearing has been set for June 14 on a proposed local law that would allow the town board to videoconference some of its meetings. The state law authorizing video meetings expires in July. Towns that want to continue to videoconference will have to pass local laws.

MRB Group has completed a plan for cybersecurity for the town’s water facilities. The plants are computer-controlled and are seen as potential terrorist targets. The state requires communities to have plans to protect those facilities.

The town has reached an agreement with Delaware River Solar to be a provider under the Community Choice Aggregation plan. Residents will automatically receive five to ten percent savings on their bills unless they opt-out of the program.

The town moved its fix-it clinic to the Community Center as part of the Mission Zero environmental awareness event. Many items were repaired, keeping them out of the landfill.

Supervisor Venuti says the Nine Element Plan for the Seneca Lake watershed is almost ready to be submitted to the state. Having the plan puts the town at the front of the line when it comes to receiving grant funding for water quality projects.