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Canajoharie village talks grants

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - Updated: 3:19 PM


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CANAJOHARIE -- Grant Writer Nick Zabawsky attended the village of Canajoharie meeting on Tuesday evening to speak to the board about the recently obtained $400,000 Small Cities Housing Rehabilitation Grant, which will provide $25,000 to numerous low-to-medium income households meeting certain criteria.

The program, available for people living in one and two family homes in the village, will be up and running by July or August, said Zabawsky, handing out numerous applications during the meeting. 

Applications, which can be obtained at the village office, will be approved on a first come-first served basis. The 10 or 12 property owners that took part in the initial survey, which helped the village to obtain grant funding, will be given preference.

"Right now, we have enough money to take care of everybody that responded to the initial survey," said Zabawsky.

Homeowners attempting to obtain funding must make under a certain amount of money (about $30,000 for a couple and approximately $50,000 for a family), and will be required to provide a copy of their home's deed, insurance certificate and documentation of income.

The next steps would involve inspections of the home by a EPA certified lead inspector and a specialist, who will help to assess what work needs to be done, then assisting with specification preparation.

Awarding each project needs to be done by competitive bid by insured, licensed contractors, who will not be paid until work is complete.

Zabawsky will periodically inspect the units.

Zabawsky said that the village is also waiting to hear back about a NYS Affordable Housing Corporation grant they applied for in the amount of $400,000.

Zabawsky also discussed a $600,000 grant supplied to redo the water line on Church St., also providing funding to eliminate a dead end between 5S and Old Fort Plain Road. The dead-end project, since it's on land that hasn't been heavily excavated and exists in the exact area where the Erie Canal once passed between the villages, the state is requiring that an archeologist is on site daily to document any potential historical item that might be unearthed.

The board agreed to hire low bidder Columbia Heritage at a cost of $650 a day, with $700 added for the preparation of the final report.

Zabawsky also spoke briefly of potentially available New York Rising funding, which targets areas impacted by tropical storms Lee and Irene. $3 million dollars is available, aimed at funding local repairs, and Zabawsky said he feels some money could be obtained to fix the severely undermined walls of the Canajoharie Creek.

Mayor Francis Avery spoke about a former water supply at the end of Mill St., wondering if there is grant funding available to bring it back into service. Though it once provided water for the whole village, Avery said, "it was been allowed to deteriorate, and it is offline." It needs a new pump, building, and needs to be re-certified.

The goal of reinstating this source of water, said Avery, is "for the simple reason that we only have one water line on that bridge," pumping water from Ephratah watershed land to the village. If there were an incident that incapacitated the line, Avery said the village would only have one, 2 million gallon reservoir to pull from.

Trustee Ronald Dievendorf said he felt that McDonald Engineering may have already done some preliminary work to find out whether such a project is feasible.

Zabawsky said he'd have an engineer submit a proposal, which would lead to a feasibility study and a quest to find out if grant funding is available, which would take place during next year's grant cycle.


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