Plan A Boon For Business, Schools, Housing, Mayor Says
PORT JERVIS — Mayor Kelly Decker read a statement on a major proposal in which Deerpark invited Port to discuss annexing land, including the school district's Route 209 campus, in exchange for Port providing water and sewer, and Deerpark and Port equally sharing revenue from the initiative. Decker said in an interview, "For the first time in its 164-year history, Port Jervis would grow in acreage, provide new jobs, realize a windfall benefit from tax revenue, offer city and area residents job opportunities, dramatically improve commercial and industrial development, attract new families to the area, and provide [enhanced] police and fire protection."
Port has more fire companies near the district, and its A3 Fire Rating would likely benefit the school district regarding insurance. Children in the school district should benefit from Port providing additional primary responder resources. Deerpark might then be able to free up more resources for other missions. Decker said that the city is also taking property at the city transfer station, allowing the city more control of operations and that should help deter violations, such as illegal dumping and trespassing. Decker thanked municipal officials and advisors from both municipalities for putting in this hard work in giving both municipalities an opportunity to grow economically.
Decker said, "Port is exploding now with secondary educational growth, downtown reconstruction, recreation growth, with the hiking and biking trails, and now retail and industrial growth that will provide jobs. "Our housing market will be the next opportunity and even though houses can be bought here at a steal compared with the rest of the county along with our low local taxes, this secret will not last. "We welcome homeowners, families, and veterans to our city and we look forward to the day when Port Jervis becomes the name that people are drawn to visit, play, and stay."