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  • Herkimer seeks grants for projects

  • The Herkimer village board will seek grant funding to upgrade its water meter system, improve Washington Street and upgrade the municipal pool.

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  • The Herkimer village board will seek grant funding to upgrade its water meter system, improve Washington Street and upgrade the municipal pool.
    The board voted to authorize the submission of grant applications as follows:
    • The village will apply for the 2013 public infrastructure community development block grant program through the New York state consolidated funding application for a grant of up to $400,000 to upgrade its water meter system to a computerized water meter reading system. The resolution notes the current system cannot accurately detect defects in the water metering system and the antiquated system results in inaccurate readings and loss of revenues. It also states all water meters at flooded residences were destroyed in the recent flood.
    • The village will also apply for the 2013 New York state parks development and planning program grant through the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to upgrade the Herkimer Municipal Pool at the Basloe Recreation Park on Harter Street. The village plans to seek up to $400,000 from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and file an application with the Division of Homes and Community Renewal for the remaining funds of $125,000 for Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades and modernization of the pool. The application states the village would commit up to $125,000 toward the project if the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation grant is submitted and the CDBG grant is not.
    •The village will seek an amount not to exceed $800,000 for a beautification project for North and South Washington streets from German Street to the wastewater treatment plant near the Washington Street Bridge. The project would include streetscape improvements to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards and improve lighting and pedestrian walkways. The project would require approval from the state Department of Transportation.
    Trustee Harold Stoffolano praised Trustee Katherine Nichols for her work on the grant applications.
    In other business, the board:
    • Approved a request from Scott Trantner, of Crazy Otto’s Empire Diner, to close off North Main Street from Crazy Otto’s to the end of Pete’s Bar on Aug. 24 from 7 p.m. to midnight for a block party Trantner is planning in conjunction with Pete’s Bar. They are planning to hire a band and may have bounce houses, snow cones, cotton candy and face painting. The rain date is Aug. 31.
    • OK’d a proposal from Herkimer Now for a plan to remove graffiti from buildings. Requests would be made to property owners to grant permission to enter their property to remove graffiti from buildings. This is identical to a plan in place in the city of Utica.
    • Approved a request to send a letter to commercial businesses alerting them the village is planning to update its water metering system and they would be required to purchase new water meters.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Tabled action on the Herkimer County debris plan pending review by the water and sewer and street departments.
    • Heard Mayor Mark Ainsworth was reappointing Anthony Gabriel to the village zoning board for a three-year term. A letter of appreciation will be sent to Ron Gurtowski, who is leaving the board.
    • Approved a request from Ralph Franco to remove several trees — two poplars, two box elders and a willow tree — near his property. DPW Superintendent Peter Macri reported Matt Macrina, of Stumpin’ by Mike, had offered a quote of $3,200 to take the trees down. It would cost an additional $1,200 for cleanup and another $1,800 to have the stumps ground. The board decided to simply have the trees taken down. Village crews will handle the cleanup.
    • Approved a request for the use of the Lou Ambers Pavilion for a graduation party on Aug. 18.
    • Approved a request to offer the fire chief and deputy chief test.
    • Discussed a request for training from police Chief Joseph Malone. The training is scheduled for Sept. 30 to Oct. 4, but department rifles must be brought up to specifications and be registered for the course. Stoffolano asked if the work could be done at Remington Arms. Malone said he would look into it.