Crown Point Crown Point had prepared in case of a rainy day. When that day came, in the form of Hurricane Irene last August, the community weathered the storm and its financial fallout well.
“We’re very fortunate to have a highway commissioner (highway superintendent Eugene “Peanut” Ingleston) who plans ahead,” Supervisor Charlie Harrington said. “Because of Peanut and his hard work Crown Point is in good shape today.”
Town officials have learned they will receive money from the federal and state governments to reimburse local taxpayers for much of the cost of Hurricane Irene repairs.
The town spent $191,000 to make road and bridge repairs following the storm. Ingleston learned $136,464 of that money is eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency and New York State funding.
After Ingleston filed the necessary paperwork, Crown Point officials were informed FEMA will reimburse the town the maximum 75 percent allowed while the state will pay for 12.5 percent of the damage.
That means $119,406 for the town.
Tom Walters, a town trustee, noted that because of Ingleston’s careful management of the highway department budget Crown Point has already paid for all the storm damage repairs. That means the $119,406 can be elsewhere.
“We have a lot of options,” Walters said. “We had enough money saved for a rainy day that, literally, we were prepared.”
Some of that money may be used to purchase an excavator for the highway department.
During Hurricane Irene repairs last summer the town’s grader was wrecked during an accident. To get by the town entered into a six-month lease-to-purchase agreement for an excavator. That agreement is about to expire.
“We have a chance to buy this excavator for about $75,000,” Walters said. “We’ve already paid about $25,000 to lease. If we don’t buy it we’ve wasted the money spent on the lease.”
Crown Point still needs to make some repairs related to the hurricane. This spring another $50,000 worth of work will be done.
Once complete, Ingleston will submit that paperwork for further reimbursement from the federal and state governments, Harrington said.