“Zombie Properties” – New Ladder Truck Main Topics at Thursdays Hornell Board of Public Safety Meeting

June 9, 2016

HORNELL, NY – Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan told the Public Safety Board that another one of Hornell’s “Zombie Properties” will be coming down June 14. The house located 116 Seneca Street (on the corner of Armory and Seneca next to Sam Insurance) will be torn down at a cost to city tax payers of around $15,000. Hogan said there is around 70 “Zombie Properties” in the city which is close to 5% of our total residential housing. “This is a major emerging problem, not just for our city but all cities in our area,” said Hogan. “The financial burden gets eventually gets passed on our to our tax payers.”

Horne Fire Chief Dan Smith was very happy to tell the board that the new ladder truck has arrived and is in commission and gave a demonstration after the meeting in the parking lot next to Burger King (video below). Also Mayor Hogan told the board that the bids for renovation of the city ambulance are in and will be reviewed in the near future and a choice made.

Police Chief Ted Murray said newly hired Officer Dan Murray has completed training at the Police Academy and has begun road patrol training. Also Murray and Hogan agreed that an official letter should be sent to recently retired officer Bill Murphy thanking him for his 35 years of dedicated service to the police force.

And finally two requests from Hornell Partners for Growth came before the board. The Shriner’s little cars will be returning for the 4th of July parade and would like to have no parking on Main Street so they will have room to operate. Also Salon 96 will be doing a 4th of July 5k run/walk to benefit veterans. The race will be for fun, not timed and will require a police escort and use of a parking area.