Johnsburg seeks grant for water system upgrades

The Johnsburg Town Board meets at Scout Hall in Sodom Tuesday, April 17.

The Johnsburg Town Board meets at Scout Hall in Sodom Tuesday, April 17. Photo by Mike Mender.

Johnsburg Town Board members agreed Tuesday, July 10 to seek state Community Development Block Grant funding for upgrades to the town’s water system.

If successful in obtaining the grant, the town will replace the water main and connections along Main Street in North Creek between the train station and Tannery Pond Community Center at a cost of about $101,500. Additionally, the town will replace a large water tank at the southeast edge of the hamlet at a cost of about $140,000 and will loop some dead-ends in the water system back to the main to prevent pooling and stagnation of water. With all components combined, the project would cost about $300,000.

The town is working through Warren County to apply for the grant. At a special board meeting July 10, Warren County Planner Wayne LaMothe explained how the grant process works. First, to qualify for the grant, 51 percent of the population of the water district has to meet specific income requirements, LaMothe said. In the town’s water district, 54 percent of the population falls within the income requirement. Second, the town has to apply for a minimum of $100,000 in funding.

Councilwoman Kate Nightingale wanted to know if the town only sought enough to do the water main and connections on Main Street ($101,500) would it look “less impressive” to those evaluating the grant applications.

“Yes, honestly it does,” LaMothe said, adding that his experience showed that applications in the $300,000 to $450,000 range typically are most successful.

Town Supervisor Ron Vanselow wanted to know if the town made application for funding for several components, could the town get partial funding if the entire application wasn’t approved.

“In other words, is it all or nothing?” Vanselow asked.

LaMothe explained that the application would either be completely funded or completely rejected so it’s best not to get too big with the project.

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