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A view inside the newly repaired and re-opened village hall, which was destroyed by the June flood. New wood has been installed along the lower half of the wall, and the floor has been completely replaced in the main office, side office and police department.


Barton provides updates on flood and grant-related village projects

Thursday, December 19, 2013 - Updated: 9:34 AM


C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN -- Tuesday evening, Fort Plain Mayor Guy Barton provided updates on a variety of projects, many flood or grant-funded repair related, taking place now and in the near future throughout the village.

Barton said that while many flood damaged properties in the village have been shored up in preparation for winter, "there are 8 or 9 homes that will probably have to be dismantled -- taken down and removed." Letters will soon be sent to the homeowners.

While FEMA and New York State are involved in the process, with the state possibly providing funding to complete buyouts, Barton said it's currently hard to pinpoint specific details regarding each home, as "it's different for every person and property."

Barton said, "we're not losing as many people as we thought we were going to," in terms of taxable properties. He noted that numerous properties have been purchased by individuals or contractors, as he explained that if a contractor makes the purchase and repairs the property themselves, it's possible to salvage and rent or sell the flood-damaged home with the potential goal of turning a profit.

On Saturday, at 2 p.m., New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara are scheduled to visit the recently rehabilitated property at 92/94 Main St., at which time they'll do a re-dedication of the two-family home.

Barton said the village has exceeded its original goal to raise the $16,000-$17,000 necessary to purchase an emergency alert siren. The village has even collected enough donations to meet the re-adjusted goal of $25,000-$26,000, which will include the system's installation, to be performed by Mid-State Communication, of Oriskany, the company from which the village is purchasing the horn.

The siren will be installed on upper Main St., and will cover the Valley Brook area, town of Minden, village of Nelliston, and areas surrounding the village of Fort Plain. The siren will have four different tones, to signal high water floods, tornadoes, train derailment, and chemical spills. Residents will be sent informational cards detailing the sound of each siren.

Barton stated that the flood-destroyed Family Dollar will soon return to Fort Plain. Repairs are currently underway, with new sheetrock, electrical wiring and flooring being installed. Once the interior is finished, a company will come in and set up the store over the course of two weeks. Barton said Family Dollar will tentatively re-open on Feb. 1, 2014.

The village of Fort Plain has applied for a 2013 CDBG application. The 400,000 grant, if received, will tentatively fund repair projects at 16 village properties, each in the amount of $25,000. The village has successfully been awarded the grant in the past, and Barton said, "I think we have a good shot at getting the grant because Fort Plain has been so devastated." The money can be applied to flood affected properties. 

The village board will be informed if they received the grant on Jan. 17, 2014. If the grant is awarded, applications will be made available to interested property owners. An agency will then be hired to assess each property, and a committee will be formed to review the applications and decide how to disperse the grant funding.

The Adam and Nellie Horn Foundation provided the village of Fort Plain $7,700 in grant funding last spring. Since "everything got all tied up because of the flood," the village was finally recently able to utilize the funding, replacing sidewalks in the vicinity of Haslett Park, also installing three new glow lights and a new "electrical entrance" which involves an electrical panel and wiring.

Barton said the village hopes to purchase additional glow lights for Haslett Park, and the village board will apply for further grant funding with that goal in mind.


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