Express News Staff
LAKE PLEASANT -- Empire State Development announced May 2 the state is now accepting consolidated funding applications (CFA) from businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits and the public for Round IV of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Council (RED-C) initiative.
The CFA serves as the single entry point for applicants to access up to $750 million in economic development funding available this year.
When the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met May 1 it knew the announcement was coming and wasted no time laying the groundwork to start an application it hopes will win funding for Phase III of the Hamilton County Fuel Management Consolidation Project.
The board authorized Laberge Group Ltd., Utica, to prepare a CFA for a fee not to exceed $8,000 and, if funding is awarded, to deliver engineering, surveying, environmental permitting and construction oversight and administration services as required.
Laberge was retained to write the grant application for Phase I, which has been completed; and Phase II, for which construction bids are currently being sought.
Phase I merged fuel services in the towns of Lake Pleasant and Arietta. It serves the county; the two towns; the Village of Speculator; the Lake Pleasant and Piseco school districts; the Lake Pleasant, Speculator and Piseco fire departments; and the Speculator and Piseco volunteer ambulances.
PHASES II AND III
Phase II will combine fuel services for the county, the towns of Indian Lake and Long Lake, the Indian Lake and Long Lake school districts and municipal fire and ambulance services in the two towns.
Phase III would see the installation of a 6,000-gallon fuel tank to replace those currently in use at the Hope Town Barn and would serve the county and the towns of Hope and Benson.
Such projects benefit the towns in several ways. They no longer have to obtain permits for the tanks and be responsible for maintaining them, and fuel costs less because the county gets it in larger quantities. The county orders the fuel and bills each entity for its use.
The county won a $709,136 grant for Phase I and a $600,000 grant for Phase II.
-- The board authorized the distribution of money received through the mortgage tax as follows, from highest to lowest: Indian Lake, $19,230; Long Lake, $19,084.50; Inlet, $9,692.50; Lake Pleasant, $9,130.37; Wells, $5,349; Hope, $3,807; Arietta, $3,550; Speculator, $1,791.13; Morehouse, $1,051; and Benson, $481.50.
The money is for taxes collected from Oct. 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014. Some taxes from this period were distributed earlier.
-- Danielle Shaw, director of Indian Lake Theater, has been added to the Hamilton County Workforce Investment Board as a business representative.
-- Two properties owned by the county will be auctioned off in conjunction with Fulton County’s tax property auction planned for June 18 in Johnstown.