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Hope joins county fuel project

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Updated: 8:42 PM



HOPE -- After agreeing in concept in March, the Hope Town Board has committed the town to a grant application for Phase III of the Hamilton County Fuel Management Consolidation Project.

The board voted June 9 to authorize the chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors to submit an application to the 2014 Local Government Efficiency Grant Program for the third and final phase of the project. Hamilton County is the lead applicant.

Phase III would see existing town, county and school motor fuel tanks and pumps in the towns of Inlet, Morehouse, Wells, Hope and Benson decommissioned and a new fueling facility built that can be conveniently shared by neighboring communities.

A 6,000-gallon tank and pumps would replace those at the Hope Town Barn.

Fuel will cost less because the county will purchase it in bulk, and the towns will not have to maintain the tanks and key pumps or have to deal with the permitting process for them.

A local cash match of up to 10 percent of the cost, but not more than $140,000, would be divided among the county, the towns of Wells, Hope, Benson, Morehouse and Inlet and Wells Central School District.


-- The board voted to join the Town of Benson in hiring grant writer Brian Henry for $8 an hour for about 15 hours a week for about eight weeks, with each town paying half.

-- Jim Stuart Construction will replace the windows in Town Hall for $3,800.

-- Superintendent of Highways Terry Robinson reported he is planning on paving some of Creek Rd., and work has been done on Scribner Hill Rd. and Moan and Groan Rd.

-- Town Clerk Marleen Webster said she has a copy of a letter county Superintendent of Highways Tracy Eldredge sent to the NYS Department of Transportation with Hope's request for a speed limit reduction on State Route 30 between Creek Road and the Hope Diner.

Note: This article is based on minutes of the Hope Town Board meeting of June 9, 2014 as provided by Town Clerk Marleen Webster.


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