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Village commended for storm water grant

The team of Cazenovia village officials that worked on the storm water grant application recently met with Matt Driscoll, President and CEO of the Environmental Facilities Corporation, on May 13.

Driscoll visited the Municipal Building at 90 Albany St. to congratulate the team on receiving up to $325,000 through the NYS Green Innovation Grant Program.

Along with Driscoll, those present at the meeting included Tim Carpenter, an engineer from Sterns & Wheeler GHD; retired operator of Madison County Sewer Treatment Plant Tom Clarke; Mayor Tom Dougherty, Public Works Administrator Bill Carr, Village Planning Board Chairman Bill Hall and Village Attorney Jim Stokes. Together, the officials discussed the municipality's next steps.

The grant will allow the village to divert storm water from the sanitary sewer systems of 12 downtown buildings. The water will then be redirected to either Chittenango Creek, or to an underground cistern placed in Telephone Park.

Rain water in this cistern will be used to water village trees and plants, and will also be available to village residents.

During severe storms in past years, storm water from downtown buildings had caused excessive flow into the sewer treatment plant and increased costs for treatment. The village has long wanted to resolve this problem.

Implementation of the grant will be completed by the end of 2012.

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