Two Ticonderoga sewer projects to move forward with no cost to residents

TICONDEROGA Ticonderoga will receive a $750,000 federal grant that will allow a pair of sewer projects to be completed without cost to residents. The town has been notified it qualifies for a Small Cities Economic Development grant. In effect, Supervisor Bob Dedrick aid, the town has been pre-approved for the grant. They look at projects and decided which will be funded, he explained. If they tell you to formally fill out the application you have a very high success rate. The award of the grant money is contingent on 51 percent of the residents on the area being low-income, the retention of jobs and the creation of new jobs, Dedrick said. Half the money will go to the Park Avenue sewer district. That area has sewer service, but its no longer adequate since a Best Western hotel is being constructed on Burgoyne Road. Without sewer improvements the Best Western project would be much more difficult, if not impossible, Dedrick said. This is a good project. The other half of the money will go to construct a new sewer service on the Hague Road. Several businesses in that area have been struggling with inadequate private sewer systems, Dedrick noted. We were in jeopardy of possibly losing businesses in that area, he said. A new sewer system may also attract business to the Hague Road area. Dedrick said Bob Porter, owner of the Wind Chill restaurant, is already considering a move to the former golf driving range on Hague Road. Dedrick expects the grant money to be awarded in the spring and the sewer work to be completed in 2008.

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