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December 17, 2013

Champlain wins wastewater money

CHAMPLAIN — About $415,000 in state funding for a Town of Champlain waste-water project will have to wait a while before it can go to work.

A $13.4 million water project has to come first, Town Supervisor Larry Barcomb said Monday.

“If we don’t have the water (system), we don’t need the sewer,” he said.

SEWER SYSTEM FUNDS

The $415,000 comes as part of the most recent State Regional Economic Development Council program awards, tapped for the project that would bring a public waste-water system to much of Route 11 between Interstate 87 and the village of Rouses Point, along with the East Service Road, West Service Road, some of Prospect Street in the town and other areas.

In an article that ran Sunday, the Press-Republican had mistakenly reported that funding was for the water system planned for almost the same footprint.

“But it’s grant money for the sewer,” Barcomb said.

WATER GRANT PENDING

He would have much welcomed that amount for the water project, which would include two water towers and service to commercial areas that now attract less attention because they lack the public utilities.

But failing to win that $415,000 doesn’t mean the water project can’t move forward, Barcomb said.

The big grant that the town and village — which are in partnership on the effort — are waiting for is one totaling as much as $2 million, which Barcomb said they won’t hear about until later in the winter.

Matt Cooper of the engineering firm Bernier & Carr Associates, who has been working on the project for the town and village, is very hopeful the funding will come through, the supervisor said.

Barcomb is keeping his fingers crossed and is hoping, too.

“But ‘very hopeful’ ain’t very good until you get the money in your hand,” he said.

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