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The Times
  • Dolgeville considers Community Development Block Grant

  • The Dolgeville village board conducted a public hearing to discuss development options with representatives of Shelter Planning & Development Thursday.

    During the hearing Shelter Planning & Development Project Manager Marilyn Ryba presented the board with information on the Community Development Block Grant.

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  • The Dolgeville village board conducted a public hearing to discuss development options with representatives of Shelter Planning & Development Thursday.
    During the hearing Shelter Planning & Development Project Manager Marilyn Ryba presented the board with information on the Community Development Block Grant.
     “Our job is to work with the community and determine their needs that can be supported through available funding options,” said Ryba.
    Through the CDBG the village could find funding for housing, water and sewer, infrastructure and economic development projects, but in order to be eligible for the grant Ryba said the village must meet the eligibility requirements.
    “To do public infrastructure on a village-wide basis is not very likely because Census data demonstrates the entire village is not low income. For village-wide eligibility more than half of the community needs to meet the income eligibility,” she said.
    As for housing rehabilitation Ryba said, “a lot of preliminary work and surveys are required from homeowners.” “Public information surveys are also needed to look at the specific target areas that are in need unless the information provided by the village demonstrates a larger area is in need,” she said.
    “We're definitely going to have to address the water and sewer funds this year” said Trustee Gary Luther. “The sewer fund is running a deficit right now as it is and there is a continuing problem.”
    Currently, the village is trying to prevent the possibility of cracked sewer lines mixing into to waterlines.
    “Some sewage lines have cracked and could leak in to the storm drains. If the storm drains are cracked the water could seep in and go into the wastewater plant,” Mayor Bruce Lyon said. “We need to find the best solution to fix the pipelines.”
     “If we're going to fix the sewer lines the best solution to get the funding is to have it done in an area of the village that meets the low income eligibility,” said Trustee Larry Brandow.
    After uncertainty of area eligibility arose, board members began looking to other possibilities, including the HOME program, funding from the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation and the consolidated funding application process.
    A second public hearing took place Thursday on the village's proposed 2013 - 2014 budget, which seeks to raise $973,800 in taxes. If approved as presented, the tax rate for town of Manheim residents would be $21.465248 per thousand of assessed valuation, a 0.08 percent increase, and the tax rate for town of Oppenheim residents would be $26.865141 per thousand, a 0.81 percent decrease.
    In other business Thursday evening, the board conducted its annual organizational meeting. Mayor Lyon read the list of appointments and designations and the board approved them until the next annual meeting.
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