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Local NY Rising committees hold joint meeting

Michael Wironen leads a discussion during a meeting of the Jay and Keene NY Rising committees.

Michael Wironen leads a discussion during a meeting of the Jay and Keene NY Rising committees. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Members of the two local NY Rising Communities Reconstruction Program met recently to talk about their early work.

The Jay and Keene NY Rising Committees met Nov. 13 to discuss what had been done and lay the groundwork for future progress at the Jay Community Center in Au Sable Forks.

“We want to put together a reconstruction plan and we are in the early parts of doing that,” Project Manager Michael Wironen said. “We are looking to have the final plan done by March 28 and we will be working over the next few months to put that together.”

Wironen said the goal of the plan was to make the communities more resilient from future traumatic flooding events and the results that follow them.

“We have a list of strategies, projects and actions and we are looking at how to implement them,” Wironen said. “We want to go through these ideas and see which ones will give us the most bang for our buck.”

The strategies will then be phased into effect over the next several years based on importance to the communities and funding availability.

“We want to make sure that you as community members will be able to follow and track these schedules,” Wironen said.

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