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The Telegram
  • Fairfield to borrow from town fund, seek federal aid

  • Fairfield town residents received some good news Wednesday at a special meeting of the town council.

    Thanks to help from other municipalities and the state of New York, the town won’t have to borrow as much money as was initially thought to pay for flood repairs and the amount that is needed can be borrowed from the town itself.

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  • Fairfield town residents received some good news Wednesday at a special meeting of the town council.
    Thanks to help from other municipalities and the state of New York, the town won’t have to borrow as much money as was initially thought to pay for flood repairs and the amount that is needed can be borrowed from the town itself.
    There could be more good news if the town receives federal assistance to help pay for repairs to its roads.
    Supervisor Henry Crofoot attended a preliminary meeting Thursday morning with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials to learn the ground rules and contact information for seeking federal funds.
    “Now it’s a matter of documenting what was done,” he said. “We’ll have to wait now for them to contact us. It looks promising.”
    At Wednesday’s special meeting, Crofoot reported the council had been looking at the possibility of having to borrow $90,000 or more from the bank to pay for repairs. “Now it looks like that amount is down to $34,000 and we can borrow it from ourselves,” he said.
    He said the town will be able to borrow surplus money from a town fund and pay it back later, with interest. “It’s much cheaper, quicker and easier than going to the bank,” he said.
    Crofoot said five roads in the town were severely damaged — Myers, Kelly, Pickert, Lynch and Rasbach roads, all in the southwestern portion of the town. The last three listed posed some of the more serious issues.
    “They’re dead-end roads and people live beyond where the washouts were,” said Crofoot. “We had to do some very quick repair work to maintain access for the residents, as well as possible emergency vehicles if needed.”
    The state helped repair Pickert, Lynch and Rasbach roads and is helping the town by installing new, larger culverts the town has purchased for Lynch, Myers and Kelly roads.
    “That took a big burden off our highway department and the budget,” said Crofoot. “The state has really been very helpful to many of the municipalities as well as Fairfield. We’re very fortunate to have them as an asset. The roads are definitely passable now and are getting better each day.”
    Fairfield’s roads took a major hit during a thunderstorm that hit the town on June 23, nearly a week prior to the June 28 flood that caused major damage throughout portions of Central New York. The initial storm dumped four inches of rain on the town in 30 to 40 minutes. Highway Superintendent William Dillenbeck said town crews worked until after midnight that Sunday to open a pair of dead-end roads. Four other roads were severely damaged and the four-man town crew worked all week, with the help of highway crews from neighboring towns, to make them passable.
    Page 2 of 2 - Then came more heavy rain and more road washouts.
    Most of the damage in the town was to the infrastructure, although some residents had minor flooding and debris in their yards, Crofoot said.

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