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Minoa denied funding for roads project

Last month, the Minoa Village Board learned that its $360,000 grant request for a road repairs and paving project was denied by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which is part of the federal stimulus package. The village had previously -- also unsuccessfully -- applied to fund this same shovel-ready project through a transportation and infrastructure grant supported by the state.

"It's a very expensive undertaking [for the village]," said Mayor Dick Donovan. "Next year, we're going to have to do some of these streets."

Donovan said the village could choose to tackle the project over a period of time or raise taxes, which he said he is desperate to avoid. The board will, however, allocate a portion of next year's budget to the project.

Out of 10 grants applied for by the village of Minoa, two have been approved so far.

The village will be the recipient of $60,000 from Clean Communities of Central New York, a program that partners with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, to help with the purchase of a heavy-duty compressed natural gas trash compacting truck. Minoa is one of only two villages in the state that has been awarded this grant, said Donovan, who is still awaiting the paperwork. The village of Warwick, located downstate in Orange County, will receive funding for three hybrid electric school buses and electric charging stations.

Additionally, in April, Sen. Dave Valesky's office notified the village it had been approved for a $15,000 grant for the purchase of a security camera system in the village municipal building.

The village continues to wait for responses on six pending grant applications, including one from the federal stimulus package for a $460,000 project to repair and replace sewer lines throughout the village.

The other grant that had been denied was for a revitalization of Main Street through ReStore NY -- a grant that would have given the village $2.5 million.

Grant status: pending

Grant: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Project: Sewer Lines Repair and Replacement

Amount: $4,200,000

Grant: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Project: Reconstruction and Upgrade of Fire Station II

Amount: $1,200,000

Grant: FEMA Assistance to Firefighters

Project: Reconstruction and Upgrade of Fire Station II

Amount: $1,020,000 (Match=$180,000)

Grant: NYS Archives 2009/10 Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund

Project: Software to manage codes enforcement data

Amount: $12,043

Grant: Justice Court Assistance Program 2009

Project: Installation of transaction window located at court office

Amount: Not to exceed $30,000

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