Arkport’s Water Project Budget Flows Over

August 15th, 2017

ARKPORT NY – Arkport village mayor Charles Flanders had some bad news for the board of trustee’s Tuesday night at their monthly meeting. Apparently the major water project renovations currently going on in the village are exceeding the allotted budgets anticipated by the village.

According to Flanders, the first phase of the project went over the budgeted amount and the second phase depleted what was left and then some. The village has already used up their two grants, the first grant for $750,000, and the second grant for $800,000. “We can’t quit now,” said trustee Jon Hedges, “If we do we will lose our grants.” Mayor Flanders chimed in, “Were so close to getting something replaced that is antiquated, let’s get this completed.” The board now plans to take out a loan for $570,000 to finish the project without any additional frills suggested by the contractors.

Power and construction crews should be finishing the new gas main on Meadowbrook this week and the County is scheduled to open the detour this Monday, the 21st.

The village is also shopping for a new health insurance policy for its two full time employees. Broker Curtis T. Corkey of Financial Services gave a presentation to the board confident he could save the village money with his suggestions. The board has till the end of October to make a decision as the new plan would not start until January 1st.

And finally it was announced that Jen Bush will be retiring as clerk August 27th. The board received her letter of resignation Tuesday night and immediately appointed fill in Theo Holder to take her place.