Mayor Buckley reacts to the big dollar news
By Andrew Harris
Governor Kathy Hochul made a big announcement that details how the state will award $638 million dollars to improve New York’s water systems. The City of Hornell received part of that good news, nearly $1.2 million dollars for a major project that will cost the city about $4.8 million dollars. Only Hornell and Bath were selected to receive the support in Steuben county.
City of Hornell Mayor John Buckley released a statement on the award this morning:
“The NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) has announced that the City of Hornell was awarded a $1.189M WIIA grant for improvements to the City’s Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP). This amount represents 25% of the eligible project costs, which is the largest WIIA grant possible for this project.
Mayor John Buckley says that the funds will be applied to a large project that the City has been planning for several years which is broken into phases. Hornell was previously awarded a grant of $1 million dollars for Phase 1A which will be underway in the coming months and will add UV disinfection to the WPCP. This new $1.189M WIIA grant award will help address costs associated with Phase 1B which includes improvements to the digester and influent and return sludge pump systems. The Mayor also said, “We’re very grateful to receive this grant and thank EFC for partnering with the City on this important project. This grant will take some of the burden off our local tax base as the total project (Phase 1A and 2A) will be in excess of $5 million dollars.”