The Essex County Board of Supervisors
Essex County officials geared up for their trip to Washington.
At the Feb. 27 special meeting of the Essex County Board of Supervisors, members passed several resolutions that request more attention from the federal government in several areas when Board Chairman Randy Douglas, Keene Supervisor Bill Ferebee and Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley go to meet with area representatives in Washington.
The board passed resolutions requesting more funding for sewer infrastructure projects, particularly in the town of Elizabethtown; energy assistance programs; and cleanup projects of debris from Tropical Storm Irene.
"There are a lot of us that have water and sewer issues and could benefit from more money," Douglas said. "We felt that the joint effort was needed because we this would be a benefit to the county offices as well as the town."
While the resolution was specific, Douglas said that they will also plead for the other local municipalities that are under Department of Environmental Conservation Consent Orders in relation to their sewer or water systems.
Douglas said that he was working with Community Resources Director Mike Mascarenas on the systems.
"I broke down each individual towns water and sewer projects and gave a brief explanation of the needs there for each one to take to the federal representatives," Mascarenas said. "Our goal is to encourage our representatives to go back and lobby for more funding to come into our state."
The board also passed a resolution authorizing the hiring of a code officer for FEMA projects at the rate of $20 per hour, coming from FEMA project funding.