South Hornell Fire Hall Roof – Flood Insurance Topics in Hornellsville

August 9, 2016
Arkport, NY – It was business as usual at Tuesday night’s Hornellsville town board meeting until it was time for public comments. Zack Mills, president of the South Hornell Fire Department, made an appearance to explain to the board just how bad the roof is on the fire hall. “The roof is in really bad shape,” said Mills, “We have birds and bird feces, rotting wood, and water damage everywhere.” The board had discussed the matter in the past and agreed it need replaced but no action has been taken so far. The board agreed to get someone down there and get an estimate and proceed from there. Board member Bob Mauro concluded, “Unfortunately were probably looking at a lot higher cost then when we originally put it out for bid.”

Zack Mills
Volunteer Fireman Zack Mills

Also speaking out was Hornellsville resident Tom Morey. His concerns were the high cost of flood insurance in certain areas. “My neighbor pays upwards of $1,200 a year for something he will never use, plus flood insurance only covers from the first floor up,” said Morey. “It’s a sham!” Mauro replied that there are some residents paying close to $8,000 a year, and because of FEMA their hands are pretty much tied.

In other news Town Supervisor Ken Isaman said there will be more info and public hearings coming in the near future on proposals from wind farm companies EverPower and NextEra. Also work will soon begin on putting together a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.