State funding instrumental in purchase of new gravel-making equipment for local shared services

DANSVILLE — Sharing services continues to benefit a collection of local municipalities.

State Senator Tom O’Mara (R, C, I-Big Flats) presented a $500,000 check to local highway officials for new gravel-making machinery on Tuesday at the Dansville gravel pit on Eisman Road.

The equipment is for the Shared Services efforts in the towns of Dansville, Cohocton and Wayland in addition to the villages of Arkport, Cohocton and Wayland.

The three towns are primary members of the Shared Services program and the villages are associate members. The shared services program was started in 1998 between these towns and, at the time, Fremont.

The machinery purchased was a KPI-JCI Pioneer Impact Crusher. Jay Acomb, Town of Dansville Highway Superintendent, reached out to O’Mara, who was then able to secure the state grant funding to help with the purchase.

O’Mara has worked with local highway officials over the past decade to try to strengthen the state’s transportation infrastructure. In a press release following the event, the Senator highlighted the importance of local highway departments.

“These are critical additions to the operation of county and town highway departments across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions,” said O’Mara, “I have been proud of our efforts over the past decade to champion the incredible work these departments do to maintain and upgrade our local roads, bridges, culverts, and other infrastructure.

"I look forward to continue doing everything possible to encourage New York State government to make a more substantial investment to rebuild, repair, and revitalize our local transportation infrastructure and support our local highway departments.  I recognize and understand the fundamentally important work of our county and town highway departments, and I appreciate these opportunities to support and strengthen their ability to get the job done for the sake of the local economy, local property taxpayers, and all motorists."

Locals are also happy to see this new equipment come to their area. The town will save over $200,000 a year just from the operation and use of the new machinery. The new crusher does not require a separate person to manually run the machine. It works on its own with one individual feeding it and another carrying the gravel away.

The crusher even comes with a remote control so that it can be controlled from the loader. The new technology on the machinery was a big selling point for the towns because it makes the machine itself easier to maintain and run.

In addition to the new technology, the crusher was made in the United States, so new parts will be much easier to find and purchase than if it was made overseas.

There are many benefits to owning and operating this new piece of equipment, and because of the Shared Services program, the three towns and villages will be able to benefit collectively. Cohocton Town Supervisor Tom Johnson is excited to see this equipment be valued by the community at large.

“Each town at this point has its own pit. So, when Dansville is done with it then Wayland schedules it and they move it into their pit,” said Johnson.

The machinery will move from place to place as the need arises, ensuring that it will be well used and appreciated by all.

Both Johnson and Acomb appreciate the state grant and everything that O’Mara, in addition to Phil Palmesano and Marjorie Burns, did to help them secure funding.

“You can’t overstate the fact that we really appreciate the support and help that we’ve gotten from Senator O’Mara’s office,” said Johnson.

Superintendent Acomb said, “The Town of Dansville is extremely grateful to Senator O’Mara for this assistance in purchasing critical new equipment that will be an enormous benefit to our highway departments and to area road projects.  It’s a great benefit to help us do our work as effectively and cost efficiently as possible, and it achieves this goal without burdening local property taxpayers.”