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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.

— Grant requests for Warrensburg include $400,000 in conjunction with constructing a new health center in Warrensburg operated by Hudson Headwaters Health Network.

In late April, a federal grant of $5 million to toward construction of a new two-story building, about twice the size of HHHN’s existing Warrensburg Health Center.

The county planners’ pending grant requests also include $397,000 for the Pottersville Water District and $434,500 for the North Creek Water District. The funds would be used to construct new water mains and improvements to the distribution system and relocating laterals in conjunction with streetscape improvements in the hamlets.

Also pending is an application for $400,000 for housing rehabilitation work to provide plumbing, electrical and roofing work for 21 low-income homes. This is in addition to a $150,000 grant request to assist 10 households with access issues for family members with mobility issues, primarily veterans and elderly citizens.

The list of recent grant applications includes $50,000 to help fix up about 12 houses or apartments, home to about 20 low- and moderate-income citizens.

In addition to this list of grants totaling $3.02 million, LaMothe and Tatich are currently administering $3.6 million in awarded grants.

After LaMothe presented the list of pending grants to the county Planning and Community Development Committee, county Administrator Paul Dusek offered praise for the work of LaMothe and Tatich.

“After the planning department downsizing, Wayne and Pat have really stepped up to the plate,” he said. “Wayne has demonstrated leadership, cooperation and willingness to make the restructuring of the department work.”

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