Ticonderoga officials hope to have test drills drilled this month, a key step in a $13.8 million water project for the community.
continued Ticonderoga has been declared a hardship case by the state, which makes it eligible for a no-interest loan to cover the project. That’s good news, but local officials are hoping for grant money with the help of residents.
To become eligible for grants, Ticonderoga must complete an income survey of its residents living in water districts. That process was started last year, but many income surveys, the key to grant funding for the project, still have not been returned, Malaney acknowledged.
The confidential income surveys were sent to water customers in October. Officials had hoped to complete the survey work last fall, but to date only about 60 percent of the surveys have been returned. To be eligible for the grant funding, 65 percent of the surveys must be completed.
“I know some people don’t like providing this information,” Supervisor Deb Malaney said, “but it’s entirely confidential. The surveys are numbered, there are no names, and they go directly to the IDA (Essex County Industrial Development Agency) in Elizabethtown. No one here will see them.
“We need those surveys in order to save the community money,” she said.
Malaney said local officials will soon go door-to-door seeking completion of the surveys.
Information on the project is available on the town website at www.townofticonderoga.com