Warren County Planning Director Wayne LaMothe reviews plans for reconstruction of stream crossings recently with Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood. LaMothe and his associate Pat Tatich have secured a $324,500 for flood mitigation work in the towns of Thurman and Bolton to provide upgraded culvert systems underneath roadways that were washed out in the devastating flash-flooding incidents of 2011.
Although radically downsized less than a year ago, the Warren County Planning staff has secured or is seeking nine major grants representing a record sum — and their work received praise recently from county leaders.
County Planning Director Wayne LaMothe presented a list of the grants, totalling $3.02 million, to the Warren County Board of Supervisors last week.
The planners, under the leadership of county Planning Director Wayne LaMothe and now-consultant Patricia Tatich, obtained a $324,500 state grant for flood mitigation work in the towns of Bolton and Thurman. The grant funds projects to rebuild road crossings of Patterson Brook in Thurman and Indian Brook in Bolton. The damage was determined not eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency funding because it was primarily due to the historic 2011 Memorial Day Weekend storm that did not meet FEMA’s funding threshold because the damage wasn’t extensive enough statewide.
Plans call for Thurman and Bolton to install new box culverts that are engineered to withstand 100-year flood events.
Pending grant applications include a request for $400,000 on behalf of the town of Warrensburg, in conjunction with a project now underway, to install water meters in 351 homes throughout the town’s hamlet.
The grant would pay toward the water meters as well as pay for pipes making the connection between the water mains and residents’ homes where necessary, LaMothe said. The grant request included the justification that the meters would cut consumption and expenses to homeowners, allow engineers to locate leaks in the water system, and establish a fairer distribution of the lowered costs, LaMothe said.
Another high-profile grant request is one to bankroll rehabilitation of the historic Floyd Bennett Memorial Bandstand, which was erected in the 1920s to honor a world-famous pilot who was born in Warrensburg. This $308,000 grant request includes a sum for Corinth rail station development.
Grant requests for Warrensburg include $400,000 in conjunction with constructing a new health center in Warrensburg operated by Hudson Headwaters Health Network.
In late April, a federal grant of $5 million to toward construction of a new two-story building, about twice the size of HHHN’s existing Warrensburg Health Center.
The county planners’ pending grant requests also include $397,000 for the Pottersville Water District and $434,500 for the North Creek Water District. The funds would be used to construct new water mains and improvements to the distribution system and relocating laterals in conjunction with streetscape improvements in the hamlets.
Also pending is an application for $400,000 for housing rehabilitation work to provide plumbing, electrical and roofing work for 21 low-income homes. This is in addition to a $150,000 grant request to assist 10 households with access issues for family members with mobility issues, primarily veterans and elderly citizens.
The list of recent grant applications includes $50,000 to help fix up about 12 houses or apartments, home to about 20 low- and moderate-income citizens.
In addition to this list of grants totaling $3.02 million, LaMothe and Tatich are currently administering $3.6 million in awarded grants.
After LaMothe presented the list of pending grants to the county Planning and Community Development Committee, county Administrator Paul Dusek offered praise for the work of LaMothe and Tatich.
“After the planning department downsizing, Wayne and Pat have really stepped up to the plate,” he said. “Wayne has demonstrated leadership, cooperation and willingness to make the restructuring of the department work.”