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Pending Warren Co. grants represent record sum

Warren County Planning Director Wayne LaMothe reviews plans for reconstruction of stream crossings recently with Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood. LaMothe and his associate Pat Tatich have secured a $324,500 for flood mitigation work in the towns of Thurman and Bolton to provide upgraded culvert systems underneath roadways that were washed out in the devastating flash-flooding incidents of 2011.

Warren County Planning Director Wayne LaMothe reviews plans for reconstruction of stream crossings recently with Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood. LaMothe and his associate Pat Tatich have secured a $324,500 for flood mitigation work in the towns of Thurman and Bolton to provide upgraded culvert systems underneath roadways that were washed out in the devastating flash-flooding incidents of 2011. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Although radically downsized less than a year ago, the Warren County Planning staff has secured or is seeking nine major grants representing a record sum — and their work received praise recently from county leaders.

County Planning Director Wayne LaMothe presented a list of the grants, totalling $3.02 million, to the Warren County Board of Supervisors last week.

The planners, under the leadership of county Planning Director Wayne LaMothe and now-consultant Patricia Tatich, obtained a $324,500 state grant for flood mitigation work in the towns of Bolton and Thurman. The grant funds projects to rebuild road crossings of Patterson Brook in Thurman and Indian Brook in Bolton. The damage was determined not eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency funding because it was primarily due to the historic 2011 Memorial Day Weekend storm that did not meet FEMA’s funding threshold because the damage wasn’t extensive enough statewide.

Plans call for Thurman and Bolton to install new box culverts that are engineered to withstand 100-year flood events.

Pending grant applications include a request for $400,000 on behalf of the town of Warrensburg, in conjunction with a project now underway, to install water meters in 351 homes throughout the town’s hamlet.

The grant would pay toward the water meters as well as pay for pipes making the connection between the water mains and residents’ homes where necessary, LaMothe said. The grant request included the justification that the meters would cut consumption and expenses to homeowners, allow engineers to locate leaks in the water system, and establish a fairer distribution of the lowered costs, LaMothe said.

Another high-profile grant request is one to bankroll rehabilitation of the historic Floyd Bennett Memorial Bandstand, which was erected in the 1920s to honor a world-famous pilot who was born in Warrensburg. This $308,000 grant request includes a sum for Corinth rail station development.

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