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SL trustees pick engineers to assess flood damage

Sweeney adds that engineers have a better opportunity to assess flood damage now, because water levels have receded significantly.

"The hiring of the combination of B & L and AES, they teamed up on the submittal to do really what we thought were initially what our problems were," he said. "They're going to come back with a dollar amount."

AES and Barton & Loguidice will be paid approximately $44,000 for their work. A third firm, Bernier Carr and Associates, submitted a proposal costing about $26,000.

But village Department of Public Works Superintendent Robert Martin notes that Bernier Carr left out at least two key items from their bid - those items would cost about $20,000, Martin says, bringing their total to about $46,000.

According to Sweeney, the village will use contingency funds to pay for the engineering. But the village should be able to recoup nearly 88 percent of that cost through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"Whatever dollar amount is that we end up having to outlay in terms of damaged sewer lines, collections lines, the River Walk, Hydro Point, scouring - anything we can find that's public in nature, we'll be able to directly attribute it to FEMA," he said.

"Previously, it's been 87.5 percent in terms of funding that comes back," Sweeney added. "The village will be responsible, generally, for 12.5 percent of the total cost."

Late last week, President Barack Obama signed an order designating 21 counties in upstate New York as a federal disaster area.

That action makes federal funds available for repairing and replacing public infrastructure. Individual assistance for homeowners and businesses impacted by flooding may be available later this summer.

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