Village of Perry Initiatives
In 2015, with support from the Village of Mount Morris, the Village of Geneseo, Livingston County and more, the Village of Perry applied for a USDA grant to fund the hiring of a program director for a 'Letchworth Gateway Villages' program.
Such a program would establish a collaboration between these neighboring villages—for the purpose of developing stronger connective tissue between them for the benefit of area businesses, residents, visitors to Letchworth State Park and other destinations.
That application was successful, a position description was advertised and the hiring process is underway. Applications were accepted for the position until November 30, 2016.
The PMSA supported this concept, and will serve on the advisory committee with two other volunteer-led organizations (Geneseo Tourism & Partners for Progress in Mt. Morris). We believe this program has great potential for progress on many of our objectives.
In 2014, with support from the Town of Perry and Town of Castile, the Village of Perry applied for a UPWP grant to allow for planning work on the Silver Lake Trail. The PMSA provided advocacy support for this application, we believe it will provide critical groundwork toward multiple objectives.
"Silver Lake Trail - Develop and evaluate concepts and alternative route scenarios for the development of a trail that would connect Letchworth State Park and the Genesee Valley Greenway to Silver Lake via Silver Lake Outlet."
In March 2015, that application was approved. The resulting feasibility study is underway with a team of consultants from Barton & Logudice, and an advisory committee that includes representatives from multiple communities and interested stakeholder groups.
It is important to emphasize that this project is a feasibility study. Its purpose is to assess possibilities and draft concepts/plans.
Open-House Information Session 1—December 6, 2016
The Village of Perry is working hard to create a low-friction environment for investing in buildings. In April 2016, the Village of Perry Board adopted a Building Improvement Loan program, with four tracks—each one targeted to a different scenario.
The details of the four tracks will be rolled out soon, but here are some of the highlights:
Tree Advisory Board
The Village of Perry established a Tree Advisory Board in late 2015. The board is charged with developing a master plan for the village trees. The plan will promote thoughtful planting, pruning, removal and replacement of trees. The goal is to ensure a healthy village forest that benefits homeowners, businesses and the environment. Learn more at the tree board website. There's also a tree survey available online, and you can follow the Tree Advisory Board on Facebook too.
Main Street Improvement Project
Construction began in May 2016 and was substantially completed in October 2016. The project impacted aspects of Main Street, roughly between Gardeau and Dolbeer streets including: storm sewer improvements, sidewalk and curb improvements, the addition of islands, replacing and adding different street lighting fixtures, additional trees, plantings and furnishings. It did not include re-paving Main Street.
The Village of Perry developed, and subsequently adopted a new, updated Comprehensive Plan on September 21, 2015.