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Village of Port Henry to hold public hearings April 27

PORT HENRY - The village of Port Henry Board of Trustees will conduct three consecutive public hearings Wednesday April 27 beginning at 6 p.m. at the village hall, 4303 Main Street.

The first public hearing is regarding the village's intent to submit an application on or about May 27 for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, administered by the New York State Office for Community Renewal (OCR), who has announced the availability of approximately $40 million in NYS Community Development Block Grant funding for the 2011 competitive round. Funding limits are $400,000 for housing or public facilities applications and $600,000 for public infrastructure (water/sewer only).

The village will be applying for the public infrastructure funding and will use the grant funds if awarded, to replace the antiquated water lines on Elizabeth Street, the southern end of College Street, First, Second, Third, Oak and Ridge Lanes. At least 70 percent of the NYS CDBG funds requested must fund activities where at least 51 percent of the beneficiaries are low-moderate income. The village is notifying the public so residents can attend the public hearing and identify and comment on the overall needs and priorities of the community, and to allow them to consider the potential benefits and impacts of the NYS CDBG project before the application is submitted. The public hearing will provide an explanation of the NYS CDBG program and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and make comments on overall community needs.

The second public hearing will immediately follow the first and is regarding proposed Local Law No. 2 of 2011, relating to the use of village water in the Village of Port Henry. This Local Law will repeal and replace Local Law No. 1 of 1975. A press release was issued in January informing the public that a water committee was appointed by the village of Port Henry Board of Trustees in June of 2010, to review the village's current water rates. It was determined that the current water rates do not cover the operating costs of the water department, showing a significant shortfall between the revenue received, and the cost to produce and distribute water. The committee concluded that a water rate increase was necessary. The committee has completed the review process, the revised Local Law has been crafted by the attorneys and the board has revised the water rate schedule.

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