City Getting Things Started with Upgrades to Water Filter Plant

May 18, 2017

HORNELL, NY – Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan announced Thursday morning that contracts were signed yesterday with Labella Associates to start the design phase for the water filtration plant upgrades.

The construction aspect for the plant, slated for a $6.2 million upgrade, should start in early spring of 2018. According to Hogan, the renovations will be quite extensive providing redundancy in the clarifiers and storage tanks, and also allow cleaning out and painting to the main tank.

The city obtained a $3 million grant by the EFC for the project, with the rest coming from a low, or no interest loan.

Also it was announced that although the new Shawmut Bike trail has had some delays from one of the wettest springs in recent history, the project is roughly 60% complete with it fully functional sometime in June.

There will be a child safety seat check behind the Spotlight Theater June 12th from 10am to 2pm and if a family’s seat does not meet requirements and they are income eligible, a new seat will be provided free of charge.

And finally it was announced that Charlie Harrison has given his 2 week notice and will be leaving the DPW after 18 years of service. He will be taking a similar position with the village of North Hornell. Hogan commended Harrison for his work for the city and wished him well.

The city will now have two openings in the DPW and will be looking for replacements that possess significant skills in the trade. The city also recently lost Terry Vanduser to retirement after 40 years.