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Village Board Approves Water System Improvements


There once was a mayor in Rochester who admitted…public infrastructure improvements are not sexy. The same could be said of action last night by the Homer Village Board.

The investment is in the village water system and storage capacity. The Board approved a $5.5-million dollar plan to replace two aging water tanks on the east side of town, across I-81, with a new tank that will avoid having to clear the interstate. It will be on the west side hill, near one put up 17 years ago. Pumps, generators and pump station improvements are included.

Some of the components of the village water system date from 1971 and are starting to fail. Construction could begin as soon as 2024.

  • The Board also reminded residents that there is a glass recycling bin at the village compost site. It’s starting to catch on. 
  • The Board also voted to participate in a solar energy marketing program. It is opt-in only. If enough residents take advantage the village could qualify for a $10-thousand grant. Details will be mailed to residents.
  • A reversal in the DPW policy to pick up leaves and branches. Crews will return to the old April (extra week) and October village-wide pickup. The weekly garbage day effort wasn’t working. You can always take your yard debris to the village compost site.
  • Longtime Homer DPW Superintendent Mike Harter is retiring…as of Saturday. He’ll return next month as a part-time employee…when needed. You know his experience is valuable to keep around. Congratulations to Mike.

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