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Village provided $13,300 beautification grant

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - Updated: 7:19 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN -- During Tuesday's Village Board of Fort Plain meeting, Mayor Guy Barton informed the board and public that the Adam and Nellie Horn Foundation will provide a one-time grant of $13,300 for the purpose of beautification in the village.

Though the Village Board had requested $10,000 to purchase trash receptacles for Haslett Park, that request was denied, and the foundation said they'd instead fund village beautification in the wake of this summer's devastating flood.

"It's not very often you ask for a grant for $10,000 and get $13,300," said Barton, who successfully implored the board to approve that he send a letter of thanks.

The grant money will be used to purchase more well lights for Haslett Park's fountain area, at a cost of about $6,000 for four. A Haslett Park sign will also be purchased and installed in the park.

Fort Plain Fire Department Member Todd Smith approached the board representing the department, updating them on a recent leak at the Firemens Home. Since the board last heard an update from the department, an insurance adjustor came to assess bathroom damage caused by a ceiling leak, then returning to provide a second estimate for a leak in the wall. The department received a $2,995.44 claim for the first round of damages.

The department has decided to get the bathroom fixed, as they've gone a couple months without a bathroom. They will fund the repairs, later figuring out how to pay the portion not covered by insurance.

The department received a bid for the work -- $5,550 from R. Young Carpentry, who also repaired the village hall and police department following the June flood.

The estimate included the removal of the existing walls and ceiling, locating and fixing the leak, replacing the toilet and sink, fixing the damaged spot underneath the toilet and the ceiling underneath the second story bathroom, installation of insulation, sheetrock, paint, a new vanity, a door, a window, vinyl flooring, a mirror, molding, a light fixture and an outlet next to the sink.

Al Wainwright, of Big Al's Car Cruise-In, requested the use of Haslett Park for car shows in 2014. He also requested use of half of the Legion St. parking lot. He said all proceeds raised will go to the Class of 2015.

"People like that park," said Wainwright, noting that 75 cars attended a summer 2013 show there.

Mayor Barton wondered what would happen if the grass was wet from a storm, questioning whether the cars would tear up the ground. Wainwright didn't provide an answer, except to state that he would leave the property in good condition, as in the past.

The board said they'd take the issue into consideration and get back to Wainwright by his requested deadline of the end of February.

     

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