Cleanup work continues in Mohawk as the village continues to recover from the late June flood that struck the village and the bills are coming in.
The village board reviewed bills coming in for flood-related work at a meeting Monday evening. The village has paid out some $168,000, according to village Clerk Judy Bray. Officials have been submitting insurance claims and will seek assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in an effort to recoup the funds.
Kevin Sterling, of the village department of public works, told the village board Monday the village crew is continuing its flood cleanup efforts. He pointed out people are still putting trash out at the curb and asked if a deadline has been set for this.
Mayor Jim Baron said he would set Aug. 23 as the last day to set flood-damaged items to the curb.
A windstorm in mid-July knocked down a number of trees in the village cemetery as well as taking down trees and branches at many homes.
Baron said nine trees were removed from the cemetery at a cost of $15,000.
Sterling also reported there is a stump in the cemetery that needs to be ground as well as one on upper Walnut Street, but both are too large to grind with village's equipment.
The mayor said he would contact the town to request assistance.
Trustee George Cryer said he had met with Power Authority representatives who toured the village's municipal electric plant. “They commended us for having things up and running as soon as they were,” he said.
He added representatives from the governor's office said they would work with the village and do everything possible to help obtain funding to cover the costs.
Baron said state Department of Conservation officials have expressed concerns about some of the work done on Fulmer Creek. He said he has a meeting scheduled with DEC and the Army Corps of Engineers to discuss the matter.
Lock Street resident Butch Rice asked if village water customers would receive a break on their water and sewer bills due to the flood. The village was under a boil water advisory for nearly a month. Baron said the village had not made a decision yet about water bills. He doubted there would be any reduction on sewer bills, as the Herkimer County Sewer District handles this service.
Jeremy Silverman, senior project manager with Grant and Essential Management Services, of Amsterdam, reviewed the village's grant awards and applications during Monday's meeting.
The village received a $75,000 grant for work on the Main Street business district through the Empire State Development Corporation. This is a matching grant, which means the village must come up with funds or in-kind services to cover its share. Silverman suggested the board look at what the village has spent on flood repairs to see if any of those repairs could be used toward its match.
Page 2 of 2 - The village has also been awarded funds for a handicapped accessible boat launch. Silverman said the village has up to two years to do the project.
An application for a HealthNet grant to add playground equipment for young children at Weller Library was rejected.
In other business, the board:
• Accepted the resignation of Ed View as MOVAC representative to the board.
• Accepted the resignation of Lillian Gaherty as village historian and discussed where the historical materials she has might be stored.
• Received four applications for a part-time DPW position.
• Scheduled the next regular village board meeting for Sept. 9.