Warrensburg Officials Discuss Federal Relief Fund Spending on Water and Sewer Projects | Local
WARRENSBURG – The city will receive $ 403,480 from the Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund, half of which will be paid this summer and the other half next summer, city supervisor Kevin Geraghty said at the meeting on Wednesday monthly municipal council.
Geraghty said he wanted to spend the money on water and sewer projects. The city must develop a new water well, replace a transmission line and dredge the lagoons of the wastewater treatment plant.
“They all have to be done, and they will be expensive,” Geraghty said. While relief funds won’t cover everything, the money can be used when it arrives next month, he said.
- The board of directors will hold a public consultation session at its regular meeting in August to determine whether or not the city should commit to allowing cannabis businesses in the city. If the city does nothing, under state law, it will automatically join cannabis companies and cannot ban them later. He has until December 31 to withdraw, but can revoke this decision at any time. Board members fear losing tax revenue to neighboring towns if the town pulls out, but want to hear from residents.
- The board discussed a proposed resolution to declare Hackensack Mountain and the adjacent Blister Hill Parcel City Park. City Councilor John Alexander asked if that would prevent the city from drilling a water well there. City attorney Robert Hafner said water wells could be included as permitted uses if the board included it in the resolution. The board tasked Hafner to draft a resolution for discussion and possible vote in August. Resident Teresa Whalen said the recent controversy over a proposal to install a solar power installation on the Blister Hill plot was “painful” but had sparked people’s enthusiasm for the land. She said people have reached out to her with offers to help improve the terrain and hiking trails.
- There was no comment in a public hearing on whether the city should apply for a $ 30,000 community development block grant through Warren County. If the request is accepted, Geraghty said the money would fund a technical study to expand the sewer district.
- Council accepted an offer of $ 38,750 from Premier Pavement of Glens Falls to resurface the town’s three tennis courts and convert one court into two pickleball courts. Whalen said pickleball is similar to tennis, but easier and popular with children and the elderly.
- The council accepted an offer of $ 7,650 from The Chazen Companies to conduct an environmental survey of properties in the Old Town Freeway Department.
- The city has not received any offers to dredge the lagoons from the wastewater treatment plan. Geraghty was concerned that the lagoons contained several feet of mud and that the discharge water from the plant could violate water quality standards. The council put the project back to tender.
- The council will solicit bids for a new 2023 Western Star 4700F single-axle plow truck for the highways department. The county contract offer price is $ 205,104.
- Responding to a proposal from a local student, Geraghty said he would like to explore the installation of a playground in the city park. Tampons are popular, but Geraghty said he wanted to know how much water they are using, among other questions. He said he would come up with specifications that could possibly be submitted for an offer in August.