Arcade and Dansville prepare to invest $ 3.7 million in public water funds | Top story
ARCADE – The state will foot the brunt of the bill for two water supply infrastructure projects in the GLOW region aimed at improving aging drinking water supply and sanitation systems.
The Village of Arcade will receive $ 784,441 in long-term, interest-free funding for sanitary sewer upgrades completed last year. In the meantime, the village of Dansville will receive a state grant of $ 3 million to replace 37,000 linear feet of old and undersized water pipes and add new hydrants and valves, according to a statement released Friday by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office.
The state’s Environmental Facilities Corporation has approved $ 26.7 million in grants, low-cost, interest-free loans to municipalities and local governments to fund infrastructure projects across the state to improve the quality of water, drinking water and sanitation systems and to improve public services with financing solutions. for low-income residents.
“New York State is a national leader in protecting and improving water quality by working with state and local partners to advance infrastructure improvement projects that deliver the best quality. water to all New Yorkers, ”said Basil Seggos, Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner and environmental officer. Chairman of the board of directors of the Société des installations. “The funding announced today and the critical projects it supports are investments in the future of New York City’s cities and towns and will protect the environment, strengthen local economies and improve the overall quality of life for generations to come.” . “
Officials from the village of Arcade awarded the contract to carry out the work last June. Sewer upgrades, completed on the village’s North and Church streets, were completed in late 2020, Public Works Superintendent Larry Kilburn said.
“This project was bundled with a big sale of EFC bonds,” Kilburn said on Friday, adding of the state’s announcement, “We are certainly happy to see this – this confirms to us that our project is officially funded at zero percent for 30 years. “
The state grant of $ 784,441 covers about 75% of the cost of the most recent sanitary sewer upgrades. The EFC funded the remaining 25% of the work with an additional grant.
“EFC is proud to partner with municipalities and provide them with grants and loans that make it easier to meet their drinking water needs,” said Joseph Rabito, President and CEO of Environmental Facilities Corporation. “Many of those approved today started with the EFC Engineering Planning Grants which allowed communities to start their work early on with funding for initial planning, so they can be better prepared. seek funding to help them complete projects. “
The state grant announced on Friday will reimburse the village for the works and allow local authorities to avoid raising residential water tariffs to cover project costs.
The village has focused on water infrastructure projects for the past six years, Kilburn said, including completing three separate sewer and water infiltration projects and other improvements to Arcade wastewater treatment plant.
The Arcade wastewater treatment plant was enlarged between 2017 and 2018, with construction work lasting more than a year.
“We’ve had a series of rate increases in anticipation of this work,” Kilburn said. “We anticipated this work many years ago and had a series of rate hikes that got us to the point where we felt we could fund our share of the projects as well as the loan repayments. We have already increased the rate, so we should be covered. “
The improvements Arcade made to the wastewater reduced the discharge of groundwater and rainwater entering the system and prevented significant wear and tear on the wastewater pumping stations.
“This funding helps support the village and enables it to make essential improvements to its sewage system,” Senator Patrick Gallivan, R-Elma, said in a statement on Friday. “The investment will improve service to residents and help protect water quality in the community.
In Dansville, about 30% of the village’s water pipes will be replaced. The work will be funded by $ 3 million in state grants from WIIA. Approximately 37,000 linear feet of wastewater and undersized pipes will be replaced, and new standpipes and valves will be added.
“A lot of our lines are probably around a century old and there are just a lot of issues with them. They are constantly collapsing or leaking, I should say, ”said Dansville Mayor Peter Vogt.
The problem became so serious that it caused a big sinkhole almost two years ago.
“The leaky pipes washed all the gravel and everything under the road, until a pickup truck crossed it,” Vogt said.
The mayor said the village actually received the award about a year and a half ago – around December 2019, he said.
“We are waiting to make an offer at the moment, we are just waiting for information from a few state agencies,” Vogt said.
State funding is subject to the approval of the Public Authority Control Council and is expected to be reviewed at the Council meeting in July.
Board approval includes funding through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and grants under the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act.
“New York is committed to providing communities with the resources they need to perform critical upgrades to their water supply systems,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement Friday. “These significant investments will help ensure residents across the state have access to clean drinking water, strengthening our efforts to create a stronger, healthier New York City for all.”
State grant programs for drinking water and drinking water improvement projects are the core funding programs of the Environmental Facilities Corporation. The company is responsible for the operation and administration of drinking water subsidies in partnership with the State Department of Environmental Conservation.
The state-owned company manages and manages grants for drinking water infrastructure projects in conjunction with the state health department.
“With this latest round of funding, New York continues to solidify its commitment to help communities access the resources to manage drinking water infrastructure and other drinking water initiatives,” said the Department of the Commission. Health, Dr. Howard Zucker, in a statement. “Municipalities are completing statewide projects that will impact the quality of life and the protection of natural water sources for years to come. “
Arcade and Dansville were two of many project financings approved Thursday at the regular meeting of the Public Authorities Control Council.