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Village of Homer Board of Trustees Discusses Range of Items During Last Night’s Meeting


The Village of Homer Board of Trustees met last night at 6pm in the Homer Town Hall. Two items were up for a public hearing before the meeting began. Those were the Community Development Block Grant Application and the use of funds from the water equipment reserve to replace a Newton Waterworks Truck.

The Community Development Block Grant for the 2023 funding year will assist in making funds available to the Village of Homer to improve the village’s public water infrastructure. The village is applying for a $1 million dollar grant. Grant funding provided will assist the village for affordability without burdening taxpayers with added cost.

The second public hearing was in regards to replacing an aging Newton Waterworks Truck with a new $40,000 dollar truck. The funds for purchase would be used from the Water Equipment Reserve.

No one spoke for either public hearing.

During the meeting dates were announced for when grinding will begin on village streets as part of the DPW’s summer roadwork project. The tentative date for road grinding to begin is between June 26th and 29th. Paving will then commence sometime the first week of July.

The streets slated for grinding and paving are: Lora Lane, Holley Drive, Sunset Drive, Tobin Housing Track, and Selma Road.

Additionally, the Village of Homer will have a new part-time police officer, the village approved the position and named Ryan Foody as the officer. The village also approved the creation of a part-time sergeant; no name was given for this position yet.

Continuing with the Homer Police Department, the village also approved setting a public hearing for the department to purchase a new police vehicle. The cost is estimated at $47,000. HPD has the funds available for purchase through their reserve funds, which increases when the department sells older vehicles. A public hearing is expected to take place during the village’s second meeting in the month of July.

Finally, a set date for the village’s Public DRI meeting was made. The meetings will take place on the first Thursday of the month from 2:30 to 4:30 pm with a public comment meeting taking place afterwards.

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