The village of Newark is celebrating another major infrastructure win.
Village officials say Newark was awarded $3.59 million as part of the Water Infrastructure Improvement program administered by New York State.
The money will be used to replace a four million gallon Allerton Hill Water Reservoir. That reservoir was originally constructed in 1918 and rehabbed in 1951 and 1992.
“The reservoir requires a high level of annual maintenance and has exceeded its service life. It is great news that the Village will be able to replace such a vital element of our water distribution system,” said Public Works Superintendent Bob Hutteman.
Newark Mayor Jonathan Taylor shared his own excitement, given that Newark continues to be a strong contender for grant money in the state’s eyes.
“We are thankful to receive this grant for this critical infrastructure project that will keep water safe and affordable,” Taylor said. “The replacement of the deteriorating Allerton Hill Reservoir has been a priority for our board. The WIIIA award will ensure that we can complete this vital infrastructure project and guarantee that the Village of Newark customers will have a high quality, safe drinking water supply for generations to come. With this grant, over $28 million has been secured in the last eight years to keep Newark growing without burdening the taxpayer.”
Taylor has maintained a strong relationship with state Senate and Assembly representatives in the Wayne County area, which has been a valuable tool in winning grant dollars for the village.
“Strong infrastructure is essential for strong communities. The funding for the Allerton Hill Reservoir is great news for the Village of Newark and Wayne County and will help ensure that village residents and surrounding communities have a reliable and continuous supply of clean drinking water. The significant funding for the Wayne County Water and Sewer Authority’s regional wastewater treatment project is additional great news,” Helming said. “Thank you to Village of Newark Mayor Jonathan Taylor, WCWSA Executive Director Marty Aman, and Chairman Phil Eygnor and the Wayne County Board of Supervisors for their continued hard work and partnership.”
Assemblyman Brian Manktelow, who previously served as Lyons Town Supervisor, understands the importance of grant funding. He called it a ‘vital’ component to Newark’s continued downtown growth.
“It is great to see the State recognize the importance of the Allerton Hill Reservoir to the residents of the Village of Newark. Access to clean water is vital in downtown growth, and a right that is fundamental to everyone’s health,” he said. “The Allerton Hill Reservoir has been critical in the expansion of downtown Newark and has continually grown to meet the demand. Increased prices have been felt in everyone’s pockets, and I applaud Mayor Taylor and the Village for pursuing this grant to ensure the residents of Newark have continued access to high quality water, without hurting them in the pocketbook.”
The grants were part of a broader, $300 million announcement by Governor Kathy Hochul through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Grant, Intermunicipal Grant, Green Innovation Grant, and Engineering Planning Grant programs. “Grants are crucial to helping communities undertake environmental infrastructure projects that are vital to the health and wellbeing of New Yorkers, the resiliency of shoreline communities, and economic development that supports industry, businesses and homeowners,” Governor Hochul said.
Other winners in the Finger Lakes included the Wayne County WSA, which received $30 million, as well as the city of Geneva and village of Waterloo for improvements to a wastewater treatment plants.