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June 20, 2013

Water and sewer projects funded

POTSDAM — Five area water and sewer projects have been awarded as part of $2.5 million in infrastructure funds through the North Country Regional Economic Development Council.

Among others outside the North Country, money will go to projects in the Town of Plattsburgh, Ticonderoga, Saranac Lake, Malone and St. Armand. The announcement was made this week at the council’s meeting at SUNY Potsdam.

Pending submission of Consolidated Funding Applications, the money will provide the resources necessary to implement water and sewer infrastructure projects in the North Country that align with the council’s Strategic Plan.

The nine projects total $2.5 million that will leverage nearly $26 million in additional investment, according to a council press release.

North Country Chamber of Commerce President and Regional Council Co-chair Garry Douglas said the funding was awarded to the Regional Council last year, so this action represents approval, subject only to final processes with the relevant state agencies.

PLATTSBURGH

The funding includes $86,000 for pump-station improvements along Route 3 in the Town of Plattsburgh.

The pump station serves major commercial and industrial businesses in Clinton County, so the upgrade will allow future growth and support retention of existing jobs and job creation along the corridor, the release said.

Town Supervisor Bernie Bassett said the money will be a great help in alleviating some infrastructure issues along the Route 3 corridor.

“That’s great news. We continue to look for funding for needed improvements to our aged and taxed infrastructure,” he said.

TICONDEROGA

The Town of Ticonderoga was awarded $178,000 for the John Street Neighborhood Combined Sewage Overflow project.

It is intended to eliminate sewage pollution, creating a better quality of life in a neighborhood near downtown, the LaChute River and Lake Champlain and reduce tax rates by eliminating the need to treat stormwater with chemicals, the release said.

“I was absolutely delighted to hear that the town had been awarded the grant,” Town Supervisor Debra Malaney told the Press-Republican. “We have received $598,000 from the Office of Community Renewal, but the total project cost is close to $800,000.”

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