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September 13, 2013

Town of Essex gains $3.1 million for water project

Lake Champlain town included in funding allocation

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“We are all thrilled to see our work recognized and the project moving forward.”

She said the town is negotiating with property owners for a potential well site.

“Previous successful negotiations with the Essex Fire District 1 proved futile once the test well was dug and the quantity necessary for a municipal water source was not there,” Boisen said. “Once we get over this hurdle of property negotiations, we will be well on our way to meeting our Department of Health deadlines.”

The grant portion of the request was written with assistance from Michael Mascarenas, director of the Essex County Office of Community Resources.

HISTORIC DISTRICT

The center of Essex, located on Lake Champlain, is designated as a National Historic District.

In their resolution to move forward, town councilors said they would continue to work with the New York State Historic Preservation Office to mitigate any potential threats to historic resources.

INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT

The money apportioned to Essex was part of a total $451.6 million statewide approved by the State Environmental Facilities Corp.

Of the total, $7.9 million was awarded in grants, and $443.7 million was allocated in low-cost financing.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press release that New York is investing in water and wastewater systems to protect public health.

He also said the investment supports economic growth.

“Clean-water systems contribute significantly to the overall health of a community and provide the infrastructure necessary for job growth and commercial development,” the governor said. 

“Working with municipal leaders, the state is helping localities to afford the cost of maintaining and improving this vital infrastructure.”

The Environmental Facilities Corp. spent $1.93 billion in fiscal year 2012-13. It was, the governor said, the largest, single-year total since the corporation was created in 1990.

Email Kim Smith Dedam: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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