SINCLAIRVILLE - Since receiving notification from the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation that the village is eligible for $5 million of funding to replace and repair water lines, the board has been busy with the next steps of the process.
"We were very fortunate to receive the letter (in September). We have two years to get our act together," Brian Bullard, water committee chairman and village board trustee, said at the board's meeting.
Bullard added, "We have time, but we don't have time. These grants and loans are so important to get where we belong with our aging systems."
A preliminary engineering report of the village's water system performed in 2011 concluded that many improvements were needed. The report showed old and undersized water mains and service line failures.
Mayor Kenneth France said, "There's a lot more work to do as far as the next steps."
Of the $5 million, $3 million is part of a long-term loan with interest-free financing.
Bullard said, "If we want, that could be flipped into a longer term loan without interest. At the end of the project, we would know where we stand."
The village is still eligible for more funding and must decide whether or not to apply for extra grants. However, if they receive more, EFC will withdraw funding from its original offer.
"It would be a wash, then," France said.
Bullard said the board and water committee wants to lower the cost of service per residence for the project.
France said, "Let's get those thinking caps on in the winter months and get ready to make some decisions."
Next, the signed application for the offered $5 million must be submitted and received by the state by Oct. 1. France said he signed the documents on Sept. 19 and all of the required paperwork will be sent out this week.
"It's just the next hoop to jump through," he said.
The board also passed a motion to partake in receiving annual credit for tipping fees to demolish buildings. All involved municipalities within the county will be able to share credits to dump debris from demolished structures such as condemned houses. The credits cannot be bought or sold, but can be shared between towns. Both Sinclairville and the town of Charlotte have been offered credit for 80 tons of debris, which is about the weight of a two-story house.
The board meets every third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the town offices at 8 Lester St., Sinclairville. The next meeting will be on Thursday when Halloween trick-or-treating hours will be set and the board will discuss further action for the water project.