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The Telegram
  • Hearing held on grant applications

  • The village of Herkimer will seek funding under the Community Development Block Grant program for an upgrade of its municipal pool and for a “smart” water meter system. The village board conducted a hearing on the grant proposals Friday afternoon. No village residents appeared at the hearing, but Jere...
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  • The village of Herkimer will seek funding under the Community Development Block Grant program for an upgrade of its municipal pool and for a “smart” water meter system.
    The village board conducted a hearing on the grant proposals Friday afternoon. No village residents appeared at the hearing, but Jeremy Silverman, senior project manager with Grant and Essential Management Services, discussed the proposals and asked if there were suggestions for other projects.
    The pool is in need of an upgrade, according to Deputy Mayor Katherine Nichols. In addition to the need for handicapped access, the restrooms, locker rooms, showers and even the entryway and the lifeguard chairs all need to be upgraded.
    The proposed water system upgrade would replace ageing water meters and an inefficient meter reading system with a new computerized system. Nichols said the village is losing revenue due to inaccurate readings and defects in meters are not detected in a timely manner. A computerized water meter system would save manpower hours, increase revenue and offer accurate readings.
    Asked if the village would have to provide matching funds for the grants, Silverman said there would be no matching funds for the water meter. For the pool, the village is seeking a New York state parks development and planning program grant through the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Silverman hopes to secure funds through the block grant program to cover the village’s share of the project.
    Trustee Anthony Brindisi said he had some ideas for improving Herkimer’s Main Street. Silverman said there is funding available for this type of project.
    Nichols said the village was awarded a 2004 Small Cities Grant for Main Street improvements, but some of the business people who had expressed interest in the project left and others backed out. Individual businesses would have had to provide matching funds to receive money from the grant. Some did take part, she added. Some put up awnings and one business owner took out a long-term loan through the program and painted his building.
    Brindisi said the idea he has is to develop the 100 block of North Main Street by closing it off to vehicles, taking out the median and opening Albany Street to two-way traffic. He suggested this might appeal to small businesses, but added he did not have the expertise to determine if this would be feasible or how it could be done.
    Silverman said there is funding available for technical assistance.
    Nichols asked Brindisi if he had seen the report from the National Historic Trust and suggested he obtain a copy from Scott Petucci of the Herkimer Now organization.
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