July 29, 2012

Town gets funding for repairs

By JOE LoTEMPLIO, Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — The Town of Black Brook has received a $150,000 grant to help pay for a new water system.

“This is very welcome news for our town,” a happy Town Supervisor Ricky Nolan said.

The water system was damaged last year during Tropical Storm Irene, when gushing water from the Ausable River ripped out one of the water lines and severely compromised another.

“Irene really did a heck of a job on us,” Nolan said.

Town residents had to get water from a 10,000-gallon tanker truck parked at the Town Hall or use bottled water for several weeks until the system was repaired.

The town was able to get a $1 million interest-free loan to help pay for repairs, which were completed just before Christmas 2011.

“This grant money will help us a lot,” Nolan said.

“Our goal is to not have to pass any of this cost on to the water users.”

He said the town is still waiting to hear if they are going to get aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the storm damage.

The $150,000 grant comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program.

“Supporting New York’s rural communities with appropriate investments for water and waste management is pivotal for those towns and the local economy,” U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said in a statement.

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