North Hornell Fire Dept. Requests Help Paying for Pagers

December 13, 2016

ARKPORT, NY – After securing a grant for over $660,000 for new high frequency mobile radio systems, Steuben County fire departments need to cough up $11,375 of their own money to buy 35 pagers that are compatible with the new hardware.

The Hornellsville town board received and official letter of request from the North Hornell Fire Dept. Tuesday asking for assistance paying for the departments new pagers at a cost upward of $325 each. According to the terms of the grant, none of that money can be used to purchase the pagers and individual fire companies must raise it on their own or have individuals fork it up. The request was specifically for $2000 each for the Arkport, North Hornell, and South Hornell departments. No decision was made at the meeting and the matter will get further review from the board.

Hornellsville also made the decision to switch from the Trident insurance company to Selective Tuesday evening. Following in the footsteps of the Canisteo Village board’s recent decision, the town will save a considerable amount of money for a better coverage over time. Also the board was happy to announce that a new roof is finally in place on the South Hornell Fire Hall.

Hornellsville Town board member Ron Kennell gave an update on the new hospital situation. At concern was who should have priority in police and fire matters. The city of Hornell and North Hornell currently deal with those matters for surrounding areas, and kennell would like to see the same municipal agreement extend to the new hospital with North Hornell the primary provider.

Kennell also said that the only things left for the town to do are a few zoning changes and possibly water and sewer renovations to Seneca road. The hospital agreed to upgrade everything to the road and will leave anything further up to the town.

The head code enforcement officer on the project will be Hornellsville’s Shawn Grasby with the city of Hornell’s taking a secondary role.