The village of Baldwinsville and town of Van Buren have submitted applications for Community Development grants, which are funded through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and distributed through Onondaga County. Grants are available for areas that meet established criteria (such as low-income areas and handicap improvements in public areas) and municipalities must match 25 percent of the total project cost, which can be made in-kind services.
Van Buren's 2011 application included: a $100,000 (total project cost of $135,000) request for rehabilitation of one and a half miles of town roads in Seneca Knolls; $56,000 (total project cost of $75,000) to investigate sanitary sewer mains and laterals in Lower Seneca Knolls; and $60,500 (total project cost of $81,000) to remove and replace a severely damaged rear parking lot at Canton Woods Senior Center.
Baldwinsville's 2011 application included infrastructure improvements to Marble Street; and a boardwalk and pavilion at Mercer Park.
Lysander did not seek any Community Development funds this year. Municipalities will be notified in the fall should whether they will be awarded the grants.