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The Telegram
  • Ilion board to borrow funds for projects

  • The Ilion village board voted Wednesday to borrow up to $416,000 for village projects in anticipation of receiving reimbursement from grant funding.

    Department of Public Works Superintendent Jack Sterling said while the village has been awarded grants for three projects, it must put up the money and complete the projects before the grant money can be awarded.

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  • The Ilion village board voted Wednesday to borrow up to $416,000 for village projects in anticipation of receiving reimbursement from grant funding.
    Department of Public Works Superintendent Jack Sterling said while the village has been awarded grants for three projects, it must put up the money and complete the projects before the grant money can be awarded.
    The board’s resolution authorizes the village treasurer to work with area banks to obtain short-term financing for the amount needed up to $416,000.
    The projects are as follows:
    • The $249,657 English Street flood mitigation project to repair a wall on Steele Creek is being done with funding from the Empire State Development group.
    • A project to install a pump-out station at the Ilion Marina has been approved for a Clean Vessel Act Assistance Program grant of $16,375.47 through the Environmental Facility Corp. Installing a stationary pump-out station would allow boaters to pump waste into a station that would be tied into the village septic system. This is a 75 percent/25 percent grant.
    “They reimburse us $12,281 and the village has to come up with the rest,” said Sterling.
    In-kind services may be used toward the village’s share.
    • The stone arch bridge on Route 51 plugs up when the water is high, according to Sterling and the water erodes the land behind it. This $140,190  project is being undertaken as an Emergency Watershed Protection Project with the Natural Resource Conservation Service. NRCS may bear up to 75 percent of the construction cost of emergency measures. The remaining 25 percent must come from local sources in the form of cash or in-kind services, according to the NRCS website.
    STEP grant sought
    The board also voted to move ahead with an application for a Strategic Transportation Enhancement Program Grant, a Department of Transportation grant program, to seek funds to repair the West Main Street Bridge. The estimated cost of repairs is $1 million.
    Housing funds
    The board authorized Mayor John Stephens to sign a pre-agreement to accept an American Housing Corporation Grant of $202,000. This ties into a housing rehabilitation grant the village previously received and provides additional funds to complete work on about 16 houses that were selected for the program. Once the village indicates it will accept the grant, there will be another package to fine-tune the grant agreement, according to Village Clerk Linda Coffin.
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