Legal issues trouble Westport board

Connell said the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was prepared to supply $400,000 in funding for the project. The entire cost of the project wont be known until the town seeks bids.

The town would have to up front the money to fund the project, later seeking reimbursement from the federal government.

We're going to have to dip into the bank severely, and do some transfer of funds to up front the cash, said Connell.

Connell hoped the work could start late fall. The project has APA approval, and is currently waiting from a permit from the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Forestry management plan to be discussed
Fountain Forestry has submitted its plans for the management of the towns 1,500 acres of forest land. A consultant will address the board at the next regular meeting on Aug. 28.

The plan would extend through 2023. Connell said that people who were concerned about the management plans should attend the meeting, where they could ask questions.

Other business
The Westport Fire Department and town highway department are moving forward in their explorations of building a joint garage. A joint meeting between the town board and fire commissioners is planned for Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. at the town hall. The meeting is open to the public.
Construction on North Main street will start next week in the community. The town has contracted the project to Steven E Fuller Excavating.
The board discussed revising the sewer code. Councilman Tim Sherman pointed out part of the code was contradictory, and wanted to revise the code. After discussion, the board deciding to have the planning board make a recommendation before deciding.

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