March 16, 2015
HORNELL, NY – On Monday night the Common Council convened and heard Mayor Shawn Hogan give the State of the City address.
The mayor addressed several topics including the St. James Hospital, Which Hogan remarked on the 120 year old service provider that “Quality healthcare is a must if the city and the region are going to compete economically with other regions and states in the nation”. Hogan said that the region must be vigilant in order to keep our services also warning that, “there can be no reason, we must support the healthcare providers of our region, and must support them financially as well”.
Hogan also spoke about the financial status of the city, remarking that the city is on solid footing. Hogan added that this past year in Hornell saw record retail and commercial growth. Businesses come and go but hogan says there is more to come, including the drive to make the Hornell area a start up New York tax free zone along with Alfred State college and Alfred University. The Mayor further told City Aldermen that Alstom is still making innovative moves within the high speed rail industry and there are hopes that the French based Railroad division will be on the leading edge of that exciting new world of public transportation, which could include a bright future for the Maple City.
The mayor ended the speech, speaking on the subject of the city’s infrastructure noting that the past winter was not only hard on the residents of the city buy was also brutal to the city’s many streets. Hogan said that while the public works division is gearing up to patch the many potholes that have found their way into the city streets, the Board of Public Works along with the Common Council has a goal of getting funding for improvement of the street on a larger scale. The Mayor’s office also continue its efforts to preserve and protect the neighborhoods through aggressive codes and quality of life enforcement saying ” if we lose our neighborhoods, we lose the very fabric or our community, we can not and must not let that happen”
The Council approved a resolution to accept a $61,738.00 grant for construction of a bike trail that will lead from the Shawmut park up to Webb’s Crossing, and eventually into the Village of Arkport. That project will begin sometime in the spring or the summer.