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The Telegram
  • Ilion to move ahead on flood mitigation project

  • The village of Ilion is planning to move ahead with the English Street flood mitigation project as soon as the plans are approved.



    Department of Public Works Superintendent Jack Sterling told the village board at a meeting Wednesday that he had received word from engineer Tom Bates, of McDonald Engineering, Schenectady, that he would be sending plans for the project for the village to review.

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  • The village of Ilion is planning to move ahead with the English Street flood mitigation project as soon as the plans are approved.
    Department of Public Works Superintendent Jack Sterling told the village board at a meeting Wednesday that he had received word from engineer Tom Bates, of McDonald Engineering, Schenectady, that he would be sending plans for the project for the village to review.
    The board voted to authorize Sterling and Mayor John Stephens to review the plans and, if they meet specifications, to advertise for bids for the project.
    Bids could be opened at the board’s May 22 meeting, Sterling said.
    The $249,657 English Street flood mitigation project to repair a wall on Steele Creek is being undertaken with funding from the Empire State Development group.
    “This is 100 percent reimbursement,” he said. Stephens said about 150 feet of the wall needs repairs.
    The mayor reported that the village did not fare as well in its attempt to secure funding for a project to repair some of its sewer lines. The village was invited to submit a pre-application for a grant from funds available through the Mohawk Valley Regional Development Council.
    “We thought it was a good opportunity and we felt we had a strong application,” said Stephens. “We were going to do sewer line repairs in the northeast end of the village. Now that’s on hold because we didn’t get the grant.”
    Chuck Lester, a local resident, asked why the grants always seem to go to other communities, but not to Ilion. “What are we doing wrong?” he wanted to know. “We’re the largest village in Herkimer County and have the largest private employer in the county, but it seems like we’re the ugly sister at the dance.”
    In other business, the village received one application for the maintenance position at Whalen Park. The board voted to approve the appointment pending an interview with the mayor and recreation chairman. The salary for the position is $4,000. The board had already appointed Pat Whalen to serve as supervisor and to handle scheduling at the fields.
    The board voted to waive the usual peddler’s fees for Ilion Days activities.
    Stephens agreed to serve on the Herkimer County Sewer District Board. Deputy Mayor Beth Neale had been appointed, but is unable to serve at this time.
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