Hornell Common Council Paves Way for WPCP Upgrades

Hornell’s Water Pollution Control Plant

July 22nd, 2019

HORNELL, NY – The Hornell Common Council passed 5 resolutions Monday evening, with the first two dealing with mandates from the DEC to install effluent disinfection to the Water Pollution Control Plant.

The effluent disinfection project is eligible for up to $1,000,000 in funding under the Water Quality Improvement Program (WQIP), with the city required to match 25% of that.  The total cost of the installation and improvements according to LaBella estimates is $1,679,000.

Therefore the Common Council authorized the Mayor to file a $1,000,000 Water Quality Improvement Program application on behalf of the City of Hornell to seek financial assistance to fund a portion of the cost to construct the system, and provide local funds required for project in excess of the funds provided through the WQIP Grant, and for any overruns that may be incurred.

The second resolution determined that no SEQR review was necessary because the nonresidential facility involved is less than 4,000 square feet of gross floor area. The Common Council will take no further action with regard to SEQR for the project.

The 3rd resolution had to do with allowing the Planning Office to submit an application for New York State Main Street Funding Program. Building owners under this program will be available for up to $100,000 in renovations as long as it does not exceed 75% of the total cost. Eligible buildings are located on Main Street between Center Street and Allen Street, and Seneca Street between Main Street and Genesee Street. The city also plans on helping to pay for this by applying for $500,000 in financial assistance through the 2019 Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) under the NY Main Street Grant.

The 4th resolution was an agreement between the city and City Building Employees Assoc. on a 3 year contract retro to April 1st, 2019, and ending March 31st, 2022.

And finally, the Common Council appointed Kathy Canty as the Fair Housing Officer for the City of Hornell for the 2019-2021 year.