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The Times
  • Dolgeville board has questions on sidewalk repair grants

  • The Dolgeville Village Board of Trustees discussed questions they had about a federal grant to repair sidewalks throughout the village at their regular board meeting Monday.

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  • The Dolgeville Village Board of Trustees discussed questions they had about a federal grant to repair sidewalks throughout the village at their regular board meeting Monday.
    The board reviewed a letter they received from the state Department of Transportation regarding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, which will strive to repair sidewalks throughout the village, including South Main and Slawson streets.
    Mayor Bruce Lyon said he had concerns about installing new sidewalks only for problems with the water and sewer lines to arise in the near future. This would mean tearing up the new sidewalks and then replacing them again. Lyon said the problems with the water and sewer lines are that they are extremely old and will likely need to be replaced soon.
    But, Lyon said the repairs do need to be made.
    “Some of [the sidewalks] are completely gone. They definitely need to be replaced,” he said.
    Trustee Donna Loucks said the village should go ahead with the grant, but there should be a special assessment for those who may need the new lines installed, too.
    “Let’s see how many we have,” she said.
    The letter did not include information about how much money the village would be receiving for the work and what sort of a timeline the government had planned.
    It did say the work would be done by an out-of-state company.
    Over $12 million has been awarded to municipalities and school districts throughout the state, including surrounding villages.
    The act started last year as part of President Barack Obama’s plan to stimulate economic recovery and long-term economic growth by providing tax cuts and benefits to working families.
    This is the second federal grant the village has received to help improve sidewalks. Last year, the village received a $1 million grant through the Transportation Enhancement Program which will strive to beautify Main Street.
    The project includes the installation of period street lights, trees, accent pavers, street furniture and sidewalk improvements along 2,500 linear feet of sidewalk and public space along Main Street, between Cramer Lane and State Street. These repairs are to begin after the Violet Festival in June.

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