The deadline to apply for a $200,000 grant to clean up the outside of the Herkimer County Historic 1834 Jail is fast approaching.
County Legislator Dennis Korce, R-Mohawk, said the Committee on County Properties last week unanimously approved submitting a consolidated funding application for the grant through the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
A special meeting of the full legislature had to be called to apply by the Aug. 12 deadline and will take place at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8. The meeting will take place at the county office building at 109 Mary St., Herkimer.
“It’s obviously just maintenance issues on the exterior of the building that need to be addressed,” Korce said.
Officials “recommended submitting it Aug. 9,” said Katie Nichols, board member and treasurer of Friends of the Historic Herkimer County 1834 Jail.
Nichols said the stonewall of the building is deteriorating, and in order to keep the building operational, repairs need to be made.
“If it gets to a condition as to what it was when we first took it on in 2004, you cannot bring the public in there,” she said.
Nichols said that when they acquired the property there were issues with mold.
She said the county owns the building, and the group leases it for tours and open houses for the public as well as a memorial brick program.
She added they hope at some point to be incorporated with the Erie Canal Cruises tours when buses come through.
“We have a lot of plans and a lot of hope for the future,” she said. “The (jail) is really the most compelling of the buildings (in the historic four corners) because it has stories.”