Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Village Board said 'No;' Residents said 'Yes' to MRTA

Dansville residents’ vote opens door for Village cannabis sales

Business owner Steve Litteer has long been an advocate for cannabis and the state’s Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act. He shared his love for CBD, or cannabidiol, and hemp through the opening of 4Fathers Organics, and now hopes to become a cannabis dispensary after residents of the village of Dansville voted to opt-in to MRTA.

“I was beyond elated when I found out the news and I was in a state of shock there for a couple of days. We almost had a 2 to one vote in favor of the dispensaries and that is what we intend to be and now we have the opportunity to do so.” said Litteer, who said 4Fathers Organics intends to become a cannabis dispensary once the laws and licensing are finalized.

Village residents gathered enough signatures to force a permissive referendum on the issue after the village board decided to opt-out. That decision was overturned on Feb. 15.

Residents voted on two propositions: “Should the Village of Dansville continue to opt out of (prohibit) licensing and establishing retail cannabis dispensaries within the Village of Dansville?” and “Should the Village of Dansville continue to opt out of (prohibit) the licensing and establishing on-site cannabis consumption establishments within the Village of Dansville?”

Both resolutions were defeated, according to unofficial results from the Livingston County Board of Elections.

The first proposition had 161 votes to continue the prohibition of cannabis dispensaries, and 276 votes to allow the licensing of such dispensaries.

For the second proposition, 184 people votes in favor of continuing to opt out of the licensing of on-site cannabis consumption establishments, while 250 people voted no.

With the results, the village of Dansville has opted-in to MRTA, and people and businesses will eventually be able to apply for licensing and establishing of cannabis dispensaries and for the licensing and establishment of on-site cannabis consumption sites. Had the “yes” votes outnumbered the “no” votes, the the village would have continued to opt out of MRTA.

“Right now, we have no idea how it will impact the village, particularly since the state doesn’t even have the regulations in place,” said Mayor Peter Vogt. “Nothing is going to happen overnight.”

Litteer, whose Franklin Street business, specialize in hemp and CDB products was very vocal on social media about the importance of the MRTA licensing being accessible.

“I’ve been advocating for the MRTA, even before I started 4Fathers,” said Litteer, who has been involved with the Rochester chapter NORML, an group that lobbied to reform cannabis laws and encourage education about cannabis. “So, I thought it was extremely important that we get the get the word out and make sure that people are educated properly so they can make the decision. It really just came down to — I thought we were going to have to leave the community because, you know, if they opted out — once recreational adult use came in, we weren’t going to be able to survive by just doing CBD.”

The village board chose Dec. 21, 2021, to opt out of the state’s Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, or MRTA, which became law in March 2021. Municipalities across the state had until Dec. 31, 2021, to make a decision; if they made no decision, the municipality would automatically be opted-in to the state law, which would allow retail locations and on-site consumption.

Municipalities that opted out are able to opt in at a later date.

Dansville’s decision to opt out opened a window in which residents could gather signatures and kick off a permissive referendum that could overturn the municipality’s decision.

Municipalities still have the power to make decisions about zoning and other matters in regards to opting in and by opting in, the community now has options they did not have before.

“When I was growing up, with how draconian all the laws were,I thought that I was gonna be an old man before I’d have an opportunity to do something like this,” said Litteer. “I believe when opportunity knocks you gotta kick the door down.”

Municipalities may only opt out of on-site user locations and dispensaries. They cannot opt out of allowing individuals to use marijuana as the possession and use of cannabis will remain legal across the state.

Of the 26 municipalities in Livingston County, 19 have opted in and six municipalities have opted out, according to the Rockefeller Institute of Government’s Marijuana Opt-Out Tracker.

In Livingston County, municipalities that have opted in to both allowing dispensaries and allowing consumption on site are: Town and Village of Avon, Town and Village of Caledonia, Village of Dansville, Town of Groveland, Town and Village of Leicester, Town and Village of Lima, Town and Village of Livonia, Town and Village of Mount Morris, Town of Nunda, Town of Portage, Town of Sparta, Town of West Sparta and Town of York.

Municipalities that have opted out and will not allow dispensaries and consumption sites are Town of Conesus, Town and Village of Geneseo, Town of North Dansville, Village of Nunda, and Town of Ossian.

The Town of Springwater did not make a formal decision, which would automatically opt the town into the law, though the town’s status had not been confirmed by the Marijuana Tracker as of Feb. 21.

The Village of Nunda Board opted out on July 12, and then a referendum on Sept. 7 affirmed the opt-out decision.

A municipality can opt in after initially opting out but cannot opt out after opting in to the law. However, opting in does not guarantee the municipality a dispensary or retail site either. It just makes it possible for the town or village to have them in the future and to receive a portion of tax revenue from marijuana sales.

The state has indicated that marijuana sales will be taxed at about 13% with roughly 9% going to the state and 4% being allocated at the local level. Of that 4%, municipalities will receive 75% based on their adult-use marijuana sales, and counties will receive the remaining 25%.

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Walter D. “Pete” Mairs, 81, died peacefully on July 23, 2021. Born in Avon, N.Y., on Sept. 3, 1939, Pete was a longtime resident of Geneva, N.Y., and these past many years in Buffalo, N.Y., as well as his beloved Silver Lake. Pete is survived by his wife, Linda Bergstrom Mairs, a loving and true companion; children, Mimi C. Mairs, Jonathan B. Mairs; sisters, June Huff, Helen Dole; brother, Thomas Mairs; stepchildren, Daniel Brinkworth, Jennie Ramsey; sister-in-law, Anne Bergstrom, eight beautiful grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. A service and celebration of life is planned for the fall when all can share the joy of Pete’s life together. Arrangements by Stephenson – Dougherty Funeral Home, Avon, N.Y.

Editor's Note: It was a privilege knowing and working with Pete Mairs during his presidency of the Silver Lake Institute. He was a kind and gentle man, but also firm in his leadership. I served as Treasurer and Chaplain of SLI during those years and I could always depend on Pete's presence in the worship service. He was a man of faith and a gem of a human being. May he rest in God's care.


Gerald C. Sahrle, 80, of Perry, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born on Oct. 10, 1941, in Wayland, N.Y., to the late Charles A. and Helen I. (Blowers) Sahrle. Gerry was a line foreman for 32 1/2 years for NYSE&G, working out of the Perry and Hamburg locations, and was a Town of Perry Councilman. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Constellation Lodge -404 in Perry. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and woodworker. He is survived by his wife, Valary A. (Conley) Sahrle; 1 son, Gerald (Pamela) Sahrle II of Silver Springs; 2 sisters, Millie Edmond of Greece, Bonnie Fink of Winston-Salem, N.C., 3 brothers, Ronald (Linda) Sahrle of Dansville, Robert (Susan) Sahrle of Springwater, Kenneth Sahrle of Dansville; 5 grandchildren, Bradley Musscarella, Stone and Winston Sahrle, Conley and Cooper Gayton; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Sahrle, who passed away in 2012. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Gerry will be laid to rest in West Perry Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Center Fire Department, P.O. Box 204, Perry, NY 14530. For more information, please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence, visit Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530.

Editor's Note: Gerald and Valarie could always be seen in the family pew with Pamela, Stone and Winston at Perry First United Methodist Church and continue to be loved. Gerry will be sorely missed. Both were supporters of the Arts at the Silver Lake Institute and Valarie was active in painting and participating in the Annual Show in August. Valarie's presence was always valued and appreciated.


"Kathy P." passed November 8, 2021, of Hamburg and Boston, NY. Beloved daughter of Joseph and Barbara Michalak; loving sister of Daniel Michalak; devoted wife of the late Jeffrey Praczkajlo; cherished mother of Jennifer (Shawn) Jump; loving babcia of Lily Jump; also survived by many beloved family members and friends who became her family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Editor's Note: "Kathy P." as she was better known to us at Silver Lake was an annual summer visitor for most of the last number of years at the invitation of Silver Laker Julia Hoffner. She stayed at the Hoffner Cottage, and became known as both the fun visitor with the vivacious smile to the neighbors at the intersection of Haven Ave. and the Ames Walkway. Kathy P. and Julie could be seen walking and talking between the cottage and the Hoffner boathouse where they could be close to the water. She was also occasionally seen at the Saturday morning breakfasts at Stoody Hall. Her stay was anywhere between 4 days and a week where she had the opportunity to develop a love for Silver Lake. She was not yet eligible for retirement when late last week she developed "a cold" and had to remain home from her job. She did not update her condition over the weekend so the local police made a wellness visit and found her deceased on Monday. She was one of those many people who found Silver Lake and friendship for brief respites where she also found new strength and energy to return to work. She is being particularly mourned by those in the Haven/Ames neighborhood. She will be memorialized next summer at the annual Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Epworth Hall.


Brenda Joan Paddock, 82, of Perry, born April 15, 1939, now resides in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Brenda met Jesus as her Savior in 1965. She met him in person on Nov. 14, 2021. She had a beautiful homecoming with music, singing and praying, leading her into Glory. Her last words were “I am well, I am well.”

Brenda’s greatest loves were her family and friends. Brenda had five children with her husband Roger: Don and Daelene Paddock of Florida, Jody and Tim Von Sanden of Pavilion, Bradley and Jeanie Paddock of Warsaw, Jennifer and Paul Guy of Massachusetts, and Nathan and Jill Paddock of Perry.

Brenda dearly loved her grandchildren: Jessica Morillo, Nikki and Clint O’Brien, Luke Paddock, Paul Paddock, Ian and Brooklyn Paddock, Joe and Louana Paddock, Burke and Megan Paddock, Aaron Paddock, Ellen Paddock, Andrew Paddock, Rachael Paddock, Abigail Paddock, Erik and Cassandra Von Sanden, Jacquelyn and Michael Jones, Tim Von Sanden, Brandon and Brandee Paddock, Jamey and Laura Paddock, Peter and Kara Guy, Candy and Jay Waitkevich, Marlo and Ryan Bolger and Jenna and Rory Peterson.

Brenda was blessed and loved her great grandchildren: Chloe, Olivia and Nicholas Von Sanden, Joshua and Jaxon Morillo, Jameson and Cassandra O’Brien, Atlas Paddock, Noah and Ezra Jones, Colton, Brantley and Charlotte Guy, Cameron Waitkevich, Amelia Bolger and Brennen Leonard.

Brenda is also survived by her brother and sister in laws; Frank and Emma Paddock, Viva and Jim Phillips-Richardson and Kurt and Lynn Paddock.

Brenda first started working as a secretary at Perry Central School. She then assisted her husband building Paddock’s Breeding Service. Roger and Brenda together built and ran the Sandsabarn teenage nightclub. Brenda was owner and operator of Serendipity Travel. Brenda’s pleasures included playing organ and piano. She played at a number of area churches along with performing for her loved ones. UPDATED -- Brenda also played with conviction at both indoor and outdoor services at the Silver Lake Institute where her grandson, Luke, sang at Epworth Hall on several occasions and was appreciated by all who heard his inspiring voice.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents Noble and Freda Buckland, her husband Roger and son Bradley.

A Committal service at West Perry Cemetery will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at LaGrange Baptist Church at 4 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in Brenda’s honor to the LaGrange Baptist Church 7092 LaGrange Rd. Perry, NY 14530 or to the First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 Perry, NY 14530. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St., Perry, N.Y. 14530. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit

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