By Fred Stabbert III
Town of Delaware Supervisor Ed Sykes sat back in his seat last Wednesday night, looking his...
Sullivan County projects have been awarded $5,643,443 in New York State grants through the 2015 Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process. This is more than three times the $1,513,950 in funding secured in 2014, and six times the 2013 award figure of $899,834.
Chairman of the Sullivan County Legislature Scott Samuelson, who sits on the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (MHREDC), said, “There were many strong applications from Sullivan County communities, businesses and organizations this year. I want to thank all who participated in the process, and who worked hard to win funding for projects that will enhance the quality of life for County residents and improve our climate for economic growth.”
In particular, Samuelson thanked the County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency for providing funding to support the development of grant applications and to assist businesses with presentations to the MHREDC.
Eight projects in Sullivan County were awarded grants:
The Village of Monticello was granted funding for three water infrastructure improvement projects:
$2,500,000 for a new ultraviolet disinfection system at the Village’s wastewater treatment plant to fully treat the effluent and avoid environmental contamination
$100,000 to evaluate sources of Inflow and Infiltration to the Village’s wastewater collection system
$600,000 to replace water meters in the Village’s water system
Empire State Cooperage, LLC has been awarded $1,000,000 to support its development of a new stave mill and cooperage to satisfy the increasing demand for oak barrels from new craft distillers and wineries. The project is expected to generate dozens of jobs and stimulate the local timber industry.
The Village of Liberty will receive $599,830 to replace failing clarifier equipment at its Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The Town of Liberty will receive $599,724 to construct Phase 6 improvements in the White Sulphur Springs Water District.
Trout Unlimited was awarded $214,000 to collect data on stream structures and model their ability to improve stream habitat in order to create a prioritized strategy for infrastructure replacement.
The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will receive $28,350 to hire a Program Director to support the Tusten Theatre season, expand outreach in Sullivan County, and develop residencies, workshop offerings and winter programming.
Sullivan County is part of the seven-county Mid-Hudson Region, which was awarded $90.4 million for 109 projects. Of the total, more than half of the CFA funding is allocated to support tax exempt bonds for eligible projects, tax credits for job creation, and region-wide energy efficiency programs. Sullivan county communities may access these benefits along with the project specific grant awards.