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  • Little Falls tables action on grant applications

  • The Little Falls Common Council last week tabled action on three resolutions that would have approved contracts with Avalon Associates for the preparation of applications for Community Development Block Grant, Home Investment Partnership and New York Main Street program funding. The resolutions were tabled after ...
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  • The Little Falls Common Council last week tabled action on three resolutions that would have approved contracts with Avalon Associates for the preparation of applications for Community Development Block Grant, Home Investment Partnership and New York Main Street program funding.
    The resolutions were tabled after First Ward Alderman Jeffrey Gressler raised questions about the cost to prepare the applications and administer the grants, should the city successfully receive the state and federal moneys.
    “It would cost $5,500 to prepare one of the applications, $4,500 to prepare another and $4,500 to prepare the other application. This adds up to $15,500 when the city budgeted $13,500 for these services in its 2013 budget,” he said. “This would create a deficit.”
    Mayor Robert Peters suggested the city could decide to only apply for the CDBG and Home Investment Partnership funding in an effort to cut the expense.
    “It’s my opinion the city has a better chance of securing the CDBG or Home Investment Partnership Program funds than the New York Main Street Program funds,” he said. “That’s just based on the city’s past success or lack of success with the program.”
    Gressler also questioned the cost to pay for a consultant, which could cost anywhere from $125 per hour for a principal to $60 per hour for a technician, as well as other reimbursable expenses such as the consultant’s out-of-pocket expenses, outside professional services, materials, reproduction costs, long-distance telephone calls, etc.
    “The contract also mentions travel expenses that will be billed at 50 cents per mile for required automobile travel, as well as lodging and subsistence if required during travel outside the Glens Falls area,” said Gressler. “It is not my intent to hold the process up, nor is it my wish to put the city’s ability to secure these grants in jeopardy, but I do have some questions about how the contracts are written and how this would be paid for.”
    City Treasurer David Petkovsek said in the past the city was responsible for paying for the upfront money for the applications, with the Little Falls Urban Renewal Agency responsible for paying for other costs associated with the successful grant application.
    “These contracts are not worded in the same manner as previous contracts, so it is a legitimate question,” he said. “A little clarification is definitely needed.”
    Petkovsek added the money to administer the grant is usually built into the application.
    “Avalon, for instance, budgets about 18 percent of the grant to pay for expenses to administer the program, at least that is what they have done in the past,” he said.
    The Common Council scheduled a public hearing for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, in the Common Council chambers at City Hall to discuss the federal and state funding opportunities that are available to the city. Jim Thatcher, a senior associate with Avalon Associates, will provide information on the Community Development Block Grant, Home Investment Partnership and New York Main Street funding during the hearing.
    Page 2 of 2 - A regular meeting of the council will begin at 7 p.m. on July 2.

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