Yates will pick committee to help celebrate town’s 200th anniversary in 2022

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 February 2021 at 5:01 pm

File photo by Tom Rivers: The Yates Town Park is located off Morrison Road, northeast of the Village of Lyndonville. A big upgrade to the park may coincide with the town bicentennial in 2022.

YATES – The Town Board expects to form a committee next month to begin work on celebrating the town’s 200th anniversary in 2022.

Each of the Town Board members – Town Supervisor Jim Simon, Harold Suhr, Susan Hrovat, John Riggi and Jim Whipple – have been asked to name two members to the committee, with the town to formally approve the group in March.

That committee will then be tasked with activities and perhaps mementoes to celebrate the Yates bicentennial.

There is already one big goal to coincide with the bicentennial. Town officials are pushing to have the expansion of the Yates Town Park done next year.

The $2.5 million town park upgrade will be funded 95 percent by the state. It is part of $300 million in state funding for projects along the southshore of Lake Ontario through the Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Commission.

The local share of the Yates project – $126,550 – will be covered with in-kind services by the town Highway Department and also funding by the Lyndonville Area Foundation.

Some highlights of the Yates project include an L-shaped breakwater; pavilion with bathroom and fire place; park activities (kayak boat launch, dock ramp, ADA complaint playground); road, parking, pavement; stone dust trail with benches, garbage can, bike rack and plantings; stormwater; erosion control; sanitary/leach field and water service.