Canisteo Continues To Work On Fire District With Hartsville

June 7, 2016
CANISTEO – Stray cats and portable basketball hoops appear to be the least of Canisteo residents’ worries.
A two-payment resolution was passed at Monday night’s regular Village of Canisteo board meeting, covering the near $30,000 cost of recent repairs to the sewer plant, and another multi-thousand dollar sewer station project may be on its way.
“We knew it was going to be very costly, somewhere in the neighborhood of $30,000,” William Tucker, the village’s mayor, said. “We could get it to limp along temporarily for about $6,000, and it wouldn’t last, but you can’t do that because of DEC, EPA and other requirements.
“Plant IQ came in and kept us up and running. The first statement for the work is $18,217.00 and phase two – completion of the project – will be $11,268.00 which we haven’t been billed for yet.”
The latter project venture entails the Second Street pump station. The estimate from August 2015 was nearing $7,500 and the board decided to postpone any further action on the matter.
In other news, the village continues to explore a potential Joint Fire Protection District which would serve primarily Canisteo and Hartsville. Research is currently being generated on workman’s comprehension, loss-run numbers and the plausibility of leasing a fire truck.
The board also approved Invenergy’s easement proposal. Invenergy, a company based out of Chicago, currently operates the wind farm in Jasper. The proposal is to build between 50-100 more turbines between Jasper, Troupsburg and West Union and stretch power lines from those plants through Canisteo and to the Bennett Street substation in Hornell. Mike Mulcahy from Invenergy addressed the board Monday night and compensation for Canisteo residents affected by the project would receive a minimum of $2,000 at the start, $2,000 at the completion and $2,000 each year following its completion as well as a two-percent increase each year, or about $85,000 for the expected 30-year lifespan of the wind project.
The board authorized Tucker to sign Invenergy’s easement proposal contingent upon minor adjustments in the wording of the agreement submitted to the village. Mulcahy said “several” landowners have already signed on and at least one other in Hornell is “very interested.”
In all, the meeting lasted just over 60 minutes. The board left regular session just before 8 p.m. and headed into an approximate 15-minute executive session. The board then returned to approve the payment of invoices discussed in a previous finance meeting and adjourned shortly after.
The next regular meeting has been moved to Monday, July 11 at 7 p.m. in order to observe the 4th of July holiday.
NOTES: The annual 4th of July fireworks display has been slated for Saturday, July 2 at the Canisteo American Legion … The summer recreation program will run from Tuesday, July 5 through Thursday, Aug. 11 (noon to 3 p.m.) and will be coordinated by Amanda Stratton … the board is reviewing a possible water infrastructure grant application through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund … Kyle Amidon was recognized for passing the police chiefs’ examination … The community support group and the village beautification volunteers were all recognized for their contributions to last weekend’s Crazee Days celebration.