The Town of Richmond has received about $1.3 million in funding to begin a project of bank stabilization, sediment removal, and maintenance of Mill Creek, which cuts across the business district of the Hamlet of Honeoye.
In recent years, Honeoye’s business district has been flooded in heavy downpours as Mill Creek overflowed its banks, several times, flooding across the road, impacting businesses and some residences on both sides of Main St., and costing thousands of dollars of collective damage. The town went through several years of negotiations trying to get permits and approval from the DEC and other state agencies allowing them to clean it out, often with little success. However, the town was able to get an emergency permit needed to clean out part of Honeoye creek about two years ago, which alleviated some flooding, but more needed to be done.
This summer the Town obtained another emergency DEC permit. “The sediment was really bad then,” said Supervisor Daryl Marshall. “I remember as a kid spearfishing under that bridge, and the bridge was so far above us, you couldn’t even touch it. When we last cleaned it out, it was almost to the bottom of the bridge with sediment and branches….” Although the cleanout two years ago alleviated some of the flooding during downpours, more had to be done, along all of the creek to the East Lake Road.
The recently completed project is the result of the approval of an emergency permit for cleanout of the creek from under the bridge 1500 feet south. The master plan, which the Town is currently working on, is to clean the creek all the way to the East Lake Rd. The Town is working with the DEC and NRCS to finalize this master plan and secure the permits for this long needed relief for our community.
Cost of the master plan project is about $1.6 million, most of which will be paid for by grants from two agencies.