October 10th, 2019
HORNELL, NY – Excitement was still in the air Thursday morning at the monthly Public Safety meeting in City Hall after yesterday’s major announcement that Hornell has won the $10 million DRI grant. “This is by far the largest grant the city has ever received,” said the Mayor, “and we are all still floating on cloud 9 around here today.” According to Buckley, the next steps will be a series of meetings with people at the state level, and they will walk city officials through the necessary steps and procedures in order to obtain the money.
Police Chief Ted Murray reported that officer Tim Thurston has completed his academy and field training and will soon be out on his own. Murray and Commissioner Scott Richardson (who runs the academy) both agreed that Thurston has gone above and beyond in training and will be a great addition to the force.
Also, progress on obtaining a new K9 police dog is on schedule with the PD ready to receive its new Labrador Retriever. Murray says the funding is working out well and the next step will be to obtain transportation for the dog. “This dog will be strictly a drug sniffing dog and not an attack dog,” said the chief.
Hornell head of codes Bud Burdette announced that thanks to diligent work by his department building permits are up drastically over previous years. Burdette states that the city has already issued 142 building permits and has brought in $55,000 in fines and fees.
And finally, Hornell Fire Chief Frank Brzozowski announced that out of 3 bids for the cardiac monitor defibrillators one has come back and looks acceptable. According to the chief, the company has provided equipment to the department before and they are very happy with the products and service they have received.
Brzozowski said they should receive the new monitors by the end of October and will immediately begin training with them. He said the life expectancy of the new monitors is around 8 to 10 years.
The Hornell Fire Department received $137,184.76 through the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which has allowed them to purchase four cardiac monitor defibrillators.