Thursday, February 24, 2022

Genesee Leaders Ask Congressman for any Funding he Can Get:
County turning to Jacobs for help in funding clean, expanded water projects

Genesee County leaders say water is the top issue the county faces and they’re asking Congressman Chris Jacobs to do what he can to secure funding for the water infrastructure projects ahead. Jacobs met with legislators in Batavia Wednesday before their regular meeting. “Basically, over the next decade, Genesee County water is the No. 1 issue. We need the help, we need the assistance so we’re not putting this cost squarely on the water users and the taxpayers of Genesee County,” County Manager Matt Landers said during the Committee of the Whole meeting with the congressman.

Highway Superintendent Tim Hens said the of the four phases that are part of the countywide water project, the Phase 1 cost $20 million, Phase 2 was $23 million, Phase 3, which is currently being designed, is pegged at about $85 million and Phase four, which is years down the road, is in the $50 million to $60 million range. It's a necessity for agriculture. Cows drink approximately eight times what a human drinks.

Phase 3, the highway superintendent said, will eliminate the need for the city water plant and also would produce an additional six million gallons of water.

“Who knows what the costs are going to be this July, let alone July 2032?” Hens said.

Hens said the county is trying to break Phase 3 into smaller pieces. He said the county thinks it will benefit from an infusion of money into the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund through the infrastructure bill that was passed last fall. He said the county will try to take advantage of all the water project funding it can at the state level.

“We would be more than thankful for any help that your office could provide,” he told Jacobs. “As Matt indicated, we do have lobbyists on the federal level ... They’ve been helpful in pointing us to certain pots of money, but earmarks or any community fund-type programs that your office can have access to would be much appreciated.”

Legislature Chairwoman Rochelle Stein said the county has an environmentally threatened public water source right now, right in Tonawanda Creek.

“If there is an environmental bill that looks to be coming out that you might be able to include in funding for public water supplies that are threatened due to a groundwater source, we would really like to have your support for that,” she told Jacobs. “Also, with funding for a change of water source, going from a groundwater to a lake water, of course, the chemistry’s a bit different there.”

Stein talked about the “social justice” for residents of the city of Batavia and throughout the county.

“We have loads of moderate-income folks who really can’t afford to have the cost of having lead pipes changed out, that would also be of a great interest to us during this process,” she said.

Hens said the 40-year forecast for water throughout the county was 10 million gallons. He said the county is using about 10 million gallons now.

“Phase 3 and Phase 4, if we were to get through those iterations, we would have a 40-year supply to about 21.5 million gallons,” Hens said. “We would have effectively doubled the original forecast. The growth of the water system has far exceeded our expectations, not only for residential demand, but a few years back, agriculture realized that they saw tremendous benefits in milk production in the dairy farms..." Cows drink [a lot of water] in a day.”

“Phase 3 and Phase 4, if we were to get through those iterations, we would have a 40-year supply to about 21.5 million gallons,” Hens said. “We would have effectively doubled the original forecast. The growth of the water system has far exceeded our expectations, not only for residential demand, but a few years back, agriculture realized that they saw tremendous benefits in milk production in the dairy farms. Cows drink probably eight times what the average human consumes in a day.”

“Phase 3 and Phase 4, if we were to get through those iterations, we would have a 40-year supply to about 21.5 million gallons,” Hens said. “We would have effectively doubled the original forecast. The growth of the water system has far exceeded our expectations, not only for residential demand, but a few years back, agriculture realized that they saw tremendous benefits in milk production in the dairy farms. Cows drink probably eight times what the average human consumes in a day.”

Hens said one of the benefits the county has seen from the water project so far is economic growth.

“One our big components that we pulled in has been our food processing industry. We’ve got HP Hood, we’ve seen O-AT-KA expand, we’ve got yogurt companies, we’ve got cheese companies, HP Hood right now by themselves uses over a million gallons a day. They have plans to expand.”

Hens said there are still areas that don’t have water. Phase 2 of the water project is being done to increase the water supply in the county.

“Parallel to that, there are district expansions going on in Byron, Bergen and Bethany that will basically consume all the new water that we bring to the county,” Hens said. “Phase 3, not only does it bring more water to everybody in the county, but it also replaces a 115-, 130-year-old water plant in the city of Batavia that is limited in what it can produce and is also threatened from not only low groundwater situation ... but also from ... conditions in the Tonawanda Creek that keep us from producing high-quality water all-year round.”

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W. PETE MAIRS

W. PETE MAIRS
Walter D. “Pete” Mairs, 81, died peacefully on July 23, 2021. Born in Avon, N.Y., on Sept. 3, 1939, Pete was a longtime resident of Geneva, N.Y., and these past many years in Buffalo, N.Y., as well as his beloved Silver Lake. Pete is survived by his wife, Linda Bergstrom Mairs, a loving and true companion; children, Mimi C. Mairs, Jonathan B. Mairs; sisters, June Huff, Helen Dole; brother, Thomas Mairs; stepchildren, Daniel Brinkworth, Jennie Ramsey; sister-in-law, Anne Bergstrom, eight beautiful grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. A service and celebration of life is planned for the fall when all can share the joy of Pete’s life together. Arrangements by Stephenson – Dougherty Funeral Home, Avon, N.Y.

Editor's Note: It was a privilege knowing and working with Pete Mairs during his presidency of the Silver Lake Institute. He was a kind and gentle man, but also firm in his leadership. I served as Treasurer and Chaplain of SLI during those years and I could always depend on Pete's presence in the worship service. He was a man of faith and a gem of a human being. May he rest in God's care.

GERALD C. SAHRLE

GERALD C. SAHRLE
Gerald C. Sahrle, 80, of Perry, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born on Oct. 10, 1941, in Wayland, N.Y., to the late Charles A. and Helen I. (Blowers) Sahrle. Gerry was a line foreman for 32 1/2 years for NYSE&G, working out of the Perry and Hamburg locations, and was a Town of Perry Councilman. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Constellation Lodge -404 in Perry. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and woodworker. He is survived by his wife, Valary A. (Conley) Sahrle; 1 son, Gerald (Pamela) Sahrle II of Silver Springs; 2 sisters, Millie Edmond of Greece, Bonnie Fink of Winston-Salem, N.C., 3 brothers, Ronald (Linda) Sahrle of Dansville, Robert (Susan) Sahrle of Springwater, Kenneth Sahrle of Dansville; 5 grandchildren, Bradley Musscarella, Stone and Winston Sahrle, Conley and Cooper Gayton; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Sahrle, who passed away in 2012. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Gerry will be laid to rest in West Perry Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Center Fire Department, P.O. Box 204, Perry, NY 14530. For more information, please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence, visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530.

Editor's Note: Gerald and Valarie could always be seen in the family pew with Pamela, Stone and Winston at Perry First United Methodist Church and continue to be loved. Gerry will be sorely missed. Both were supporters of the Arts at the Silver Lake Institute and Valarie was active in painting and participating in the Annual Show in August. Valarie's presence was always valued and appreciated.

KATHARINE E. PRACZKAJLO ("Kathy P.")

KATHARINE E. PRACZKAJLO ("Kathy P.")
"Kathy P." passed November 8, 2021, of Hamburg and Boston, NY. Beloved daughter of Joseph and Barbara Michalak; loving sister of Daniel Michalak; devoted wife of the late Jeffrey Praczkajlo; cherished mother of Jennifer (Shawn) Jump; loving babcia of Lily Jump; also survived by many beloved family members and friends who became her family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Editor's Note: "Kathy P." as she was better known to us at Silver Lake was an annual summer visitor for most of the last number of years at the invitation of Silver Laker Julia Hoffner. She stayed at the Hoffner Cottage, and became known as both the fun visitor with the vivacious smile to the neighbors at the intersection of Haven Ave. and the Ames Walkway. Kathy P. and Julie could be seen walking and talking between the cottage and the Hoffner boathouse where they could be close to the water. She was also occasionally seen at the Saturday morning breakfasts at Stoody Hall. Her stay was anywhere between 4 days and a week where she had the opportunity to develop a love for Silver Lake. She was not yet eligible for retirement when late last week she developed "a cold" and had to remain home from her job. She did not update her condition over the weekend so the local police made a wellness visit and found her deceased on Monday. She was one of those many people who found Silver Lake and friendship for brief respites where she also found new strength and energy to return to work. She is being particularly mourned by those in the Haven/Ames neighborhood. She will be memorialized next summer at the annual Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Epworth Hall.

BRENDA J. PADDOCK

BRENDA J. PADDOCK
Brenda Joan Paddock, 82, of Perry, born April 15, 1939, now resides in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Brenda met Jesus as her Savior in 1965. She met him in person on Nov. 14, 2021. She had a beautiful homecoming with music, singing and praying, leading her into Glory. Her last words were “I am well, I am well.”

Brenda’s greatest loves were her family and friends. Brenda had five children with her husband Roger: Don and Daelene Paddock of Florida, Jody and Tim Von Sanden of Pavilion, Bradley and Jeanie Paddock of Warsaw, Jennifer and Paul Guy of Massachusetts, and Nathan and Jill Paddock of Perry.

Brenda dearly loved her grandchildren: Jessica Morillo, Nikki and Clint O’Brien, Luke Paddock, Paul Paddock, Ian and Brooklyn Paddock, Joe and Louana Paddock, Burke and Megan Paddock, Aaron Paddock, Ellen Paddock, Andrew Paddock, Rachael Paddock, Abigail Paddock, Erik and Cassandra Von Sanden, Jacquelyn and Michael Jones, Tim Von Sanden, Brandon and Brandee Paddock, Jamey and Laura Paddock, Peter and Kara Guy, Candy and Jay Waitkevich, Marlo and Ryan Bolger and Jenna and Rory Peterson.

Brenda was blessed and loved her great grandchildren: Chloe, Olivia and Nicholas Von Sanden, Joshua and Jaxon Morillo, Jameson and Cassandra O’Brien, Atlas Paddock, Noah and Ezra Jones, Colton, Brantley and Charlotte Guy, Cameron Waitkevich, Amelia Bolger and Brennen Leonard.

Brenda is also survived by her brother and sister in laws; Frank and Emma Paddock, Viva and Jim Phillips-Richardson and Kurt and Lynn Paddock.

Brenda first started working as a secretary at Perry Central School. She then assisted her husband building Paddock’s Breeding Service. Roger and Brenda together built and ran the Sandsabarn teenage nightclub. Brenda was owner and operator of Serendipity Travel. Brenda’s pleasures included playing organ and piano. She played at a number of area churches along with performing for her loved ones. UPDATED -- Brenda also played with conviction at both indoor and outdoor services at the Silver Lake Institute where her grandson, Luke, sang at Epworth Hall on several occasions and was appreciated by all who heard his inspiring voice.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents Noble and Freda Buckland, her husband Roger and son Bradley.

A Committal service at West Perry Cemetery will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at LaGrange Baptist Church at 4 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in Brenda’s honor to the LaGrange Baptist Church 7092 LaGrange Rd. Perry, NY 14530 or to the First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 Perry, NY 14530. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St., Perry, N.Y. 14530. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com.

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