Social Resources Committee, Wayne County Master Plan

The meeting was held from 7 to 8:30 pm at the old Lyons Courthouse. The following people attended the meeting, which was facilitated by Sharon Lubitow of Lyons: Cynthia Hill, Master Plan Consultant, Carol Bailey, Lyons; Tom Chappell, Arcadia; Ange DeJohn, Newark; Mike DeJohn, Newark; Anne Hoyt, Lyons; Rick Hoyt, Lyons; Terry Krause, Wolcott; Nancy Verdi, Clyde; B.J. Meeks, Arcadia; Penny Shockley, Lyons (native of Sodus Point); Andi Evangelist, Lyons; Marty McConnell, Council on Alcoholism and Chemical Dependencies of the Finger Lakes.

Committee members approved the minutes of the March 10th meeting.

Thanks to Meeks for reminding people about the meeting and for providing information on hunting and fishing and DEC Wildlife Management Areas. Thanks to Bailey for taking notes during meetings. Thanks to Hoyt for providing the Wayne-Ontario Human Services Directory 2002 and the Network Referral Guide.

Announcements: Hill has accepted a request to serve on the citizen’s committee of the Communities that Care program, which is dedicated to creating a healthier social environment for youth. This program complements the work of this Social Resources Committee. Ina Benton from Arcadia wrote to voice support for programs that support people who are confined to their homes. These programs include Meals on Wheels, the Nutrition Program, and Books to Go. Hill requests that citizens collect examples of well-written ordinances from their communities to share with the rest of the County. Hill announced upcoming workshops related to planning and also the creation a web site for posting information about the master plan:

The consultant presented a written explanation (“What are We Doing”?) of what maps and policy recommendations each committee needs to produce as part of the master plan process.

The committee gave the consultant a list of informal meeting places in their communities. These include VFWs, American Legions, Elks Clubs, Masons, Granges (Lyons, North Rose, Sodus, Lincoln in Walworth), Savannah Community Club, Williamson Community Center, Charter Bank in Newark, WTCA in Sodus, the 7 Senior Citizen nutrition sites, St. John’s Church in Clyde, the Rose Community Center, etc. The committee plans to map all these sites on DOT planimetric maps to be incorporated into the master plan.

Next meeting we will consider informal recreation areas too, such as private boat launches. Chappell indicated that publicizing these private resources could cause overuse and eventual posting of the sites, which would prevent public use. Hill replied that the information does not need to be made public, but if we count the number of privately-owned, noncommercial facilities that the public uses, the resulting data might indicate a need for more publicly-owned boat launches.

The following people offered to map historic resources: Evangelist and Lubitow, Lyons; Meeks, Newark; Verdi, Clyde, Butler, and Savannah; Krause, Wolcott, Fair Haven, Red Creek, Huron; Shockley, Sodus Point; Chappell, Arcadia. Chappell suggested Diane VanLare of Marion might be able to help. Evelyn Magde may not be able to come to meetings, but perhaps she too could help map Marion’s historic resources. Hill will supply base maps if needed.

Shockley expressed concern that all towns were not represented. Hill replied that she as consultant would have the responsibility of collecting information if there were no volunteers, so historic
resources in the entire County would be considered in the master plan. But, citizens who advocate for particular preservation efforts often have a better chance of receiving funding for their projects than if there is no citizen cry. So there is an express need for citizen involvement in the data collection. The town and village tax assessors have dates of houses. Meeks suggested looking at the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties with Guidelines for Treatment of Historic Landscapes.

Verdi offered to present information on the need to improve literacy in the County.

Marty McConnell gave a historical overview of how communities have tried to prevent teen drug abuse. The trends have gone from education to providing alternative activities, to giving kids decision-making tools. Drug abuse is now seen as a public health issue and is treated similarly to heart disease. The risk and protective model is in vogue, which focuses on both a child’s external environment and internal psychological development. This approach is backed by research.

Handouts by Hill and McConnell included the following:

“What is Healthy Communities Healthy Youth” “Youth Development Framework Comparisons” “Substance Abuse Prevention” “40 Developmental Assets”

Hill also has on file “15 Characteristics of Asset-Building Communities,” “40 Developmental Assets for Infants,” comparable lists for other age groups, “Developmental Assets: An Overview,” and “Risk and Protective Factors for Youth Violence.”

Members of the Committee suggested zoning laws for keeping pornography out, tree plantings (members reported research showing a correlation between number of trees and risk of teen drug abuse), and suggested kid-friendly landscaping in towns and villages that includes sidewalks and curbs. Hoyt reported that every school district has done a survey and has a list of its own top three priorities for helping youth. The consultant will review the results of this survey with the help of Hoyt and Shockley.

Hoyt asked if the focus of the committee is land use. The consultant replied that yes, land use was the focus. The committee should investigate how the use of land affects social well-being of youth, and how the County can encourage land to be developed in such a way that the needs of youth and all citizens are met. Design and engineering of our landscapes and communities do affect the quality and kind of social interactions that occur.

McConnell listed risk factors for drug abuse including these community-level factors: availability of drugs and firearms, community laws and norms favorable toward drug use and crime, media portrayals of violence, the mobility of families, little identification with neighborhoods, community disorganization, and extreme economic deprivation. Other factors include family, individual, and school considerations.

McConnell (and participants) stressed the following goals for helping youth: Support each school district in identifying their own risk and protective factors and helping them address their top 3 concerns. Prohibit the marketing of drugs to children. Help kids before they need drug treatment. Make drug and mental health treatment more accessible. Ensure adequate indoor and outdoor space where kids can congregate and recreate. Make sure kids feel safe.

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