Interesting. You had labor and business. You had two Somerset Councilmen from the so-called "pro-Shoemaker" side and the Town Supervisor from the so-called "pro AES side." You had DelMonte and Maziarz both saying good things. Yes, the much ballyhooed AES investment announcement was made today and by all reports, it went over well. Finally, common sense may be taking over as people realize that regardless of your views on the PILOT, AES making a $25 million investment in our community is a good thing.
From Business First:
AES expanding lake access Business First of Buffalo - by David Bertola Business First
AES Somerset unveiled plans Tuesday to build a $25 million lake-unloading facility at its electric generating station on the shores of Lake Ontario.
AES estimates the project will create approximately 100 union construction jobs over a two-year period, and help retain more than 150 management and union jobs at the 675 megawatt power plant.
The project is part of AES' effort to enhance operating efficiencies, and provide a transportation alternative with an eye toward reducing the cost on shipments of coal, limestone and other bulk commodities transported on ships to the AES plant.
The new facility will include construction of a 3,200-foot long pier, which will be designed to incorporate a conveyor system and hopper to unload the vessels.