May 21, 2015
HORNELL, NY – The Hornell Board of Public Works met on Thursday (minus the mayor who is at a conference in Cooperstown NY.) The Board denied a request for a Carnival that had came to town on their own to set up business. Many people have noticed that a carnival had pulled into town and was parked up near the former Wilkins RV property, but officials say that the carnival was not sponsored nor contacted to come to the city to set up their rides and gaming booths.
Below is a statement from Steve Peck, HPG:
Hornell Partners for Growth Director Shelly Stevens noted that, they were not sponsoring nor endorsing this carnival, Stevens also said that the HPG is only interested in putting on quality events and the Carnival that came to town does not meet those standards, BPW Commisioner Joe Bob agreed and denied the request for the carnival to take place at this time.
This morning the Board of Public works denied the Carnival permit request. HPG’s Shelly Stevens was involved in the discussions. To help the community to understand this decision, we are providing statements from HPG’s Shelly Stevens and HPG Board Chairman, Steve Peck:
“Hornell Partners for Growth has worked diligently to bring quality and affordable events to the Hornell area community. Unfortunately, due to no notice and severe price increases, the Carnival is not an event that HPG is able to sponsor at this time. We remain dedicated and focused on having quality, affordable, fun family events. We are currently focused on enhancing the Thursdays in the Park, 4th of July, and the Monarch Festival to bring lots of family fun to Hornell this summer along with several events planned in the fall and winter months. After discussion between the City and HPG, The Board of Public Works decided to deny the permit request.
The HPG Board of Directors had already decided in the beginning of this year to continue to focus on a particular list of events given limited resources. At this morning’s meeting, I stated that I did not feel comfortable organizing and executing this event given less than 2 days notice, along with communication and safety issues that have already occurred in the past 2 days. I appreciate the support and understanding of the Hornell Board of Public Works regarding this matter and hope that the community understands that HPG is working hard to make the best decisions, with the resources that we have, on behalf of our community.” Shelly Stevens
“As the Chairman of Hornell Partners for Growth (HPG) we support the decision of the City to decline the permit for the Carnival. HPG’s time and resources are focused on Thursday’s in the Park and other scheduled events coming this summer. It is our intention to review opportunities for 2016 that will benefit our local businesses and community.” Steve Peck