Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Remington Arms set to expand

ILION – Remington Arms in Ilion will be receiving 100 new manufacturing jobs at its facility in conjunction with a $1.5 million senate capital grant that was unveiled by Sen. James Seward at Remington Arms on Monday.

The $1.5 million senate grant is part of the new state budget’s capital investment program and will be matched by funding from New York’s Empire State Development Corp., totaling $3 million provided to assist the plant in funding for new equipment and plant upgrades. The jobs are being brought in from the H&R Firearms Company in Gardner, Mass., which was acquired in January by Remington along with Marlin Firearms.

The $1.5 million JOBS Now capital grant will assist in the relocation of Harrington & Richardson Firearms’ manufacturing facility, which will consolidate with Remington Arms in Ilion. The renovation and upgrade of Remington Arms will cost $14.3 million.

The jobs were announced during a press conference Monday with Seward, Assemblyman Marc Butler, Vice-president of Firearms Manufacturing at Remington Joe Gross, and county and local officials.

Arbor Day tree dedicated to Fairport’s 'angels'

FAIRPORT – An Eastern redbud will be dedicated at Thomas Creek Wetlands Park in the village of Fairport for Arbor Day in memory of the five young women who died in a car accident last June, five days after graduating from Fairport High School.

“We wanted a flowering tree that would be durable,” said Tree Board Chairman Kenneth Rohr. “As I recall, we picked this particular variety because when it flowers it will be quite pretty. It will be either pink or purple.”

The tree was planted last fall so it will bloom this spring. It will be dedicated in a ceremony Friday at the park at the west end of Liftbridge Lane. Rohr said it will be a low-key event with many members of the families present. A plaque will also be placed in honor of the teens known as Fairport’s “five angels”: Hannah Congdon, Bailey Goodman, Meredith McClure, Sara Monnat and Katherine Shirley.

The Tree Board, established in March 2003, consists of five volunteers supported by the staff of the village Public Works Department. It is responsible for taking care of more than 3,400 trees in the “village forest,” planting about 30 to 35 new trees a year. It was able to plant 103 trees in October 2005 in the Whitney Meadows neighborhood with the help of a $20,000 state grant.

In March, the village received its fifth consecutive Tree City USA designation, an award granted annually by the National Arbor Day Foundation to recognize municipalities that develop and invest in comprehensive urban forestry programs. Arbor Day is celebrated nationally on the last Friday in April. Fairport was one of 110 communities to be named Tree City USA in the latest round.

State says Route 54A work will happen in 2011

PENN YAN — A representative from the New York State Department of Transportation confirmed last week that rehabilitation work will not begin on State Route 54A until 2011.

Responding to an email request for information, Roderic Sechrist, director of operations in DOT Region 6, wrote, "At this time the rehabilitation project on State Route 54A continues to be scheduled for contractor bidding in the fall of 2010, with the vast majority of construction during 2011, assuming that funding remains available to meet this schedule."

Last September, during a public meeting in Dundee, State Sen. George Winner announced the road was on the list for repairs to be done in 2010. That announcement came after officials received multiple complaints from people about the condition of the road.

At that time, Winner said the road was the first in region 6 without a bridge that would be scheduled for major rehabilitation.

More recently, Michael Linehan, CEO of the Yates County Chamber of Commerce met with DOT officials, and learned about upcoming projects in the area. Linehan says area businesses, in particular the wineries that plan events along specific routes that involve state highways, are concerned about detours that send traffic away from their businesses.

Later this year, the Main Street Bridge in Penn Yan will be closed between August and October while repairs are completed. Those bridge repairs will also call for the closure of a portion of the Keuka Outlet Trail in the area of the bridge.