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Nelson in line for possible state revitalization funding

— The town of Nelson has “made the list” to be considered for up to $200,000 in state funding for potential rebuilding and revitalization assistance to improve town infrastructure damaged by the severe flooding that affected the area in June and July 2013 and therefore mitigate the potential for future occurrences.

The funding, being offered through the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program, was created by the state to “facilitate community redevelopment planning and the resilience of communities,” according to the New York Rising website.

The state previously asked all the effected towns in Madison County to create a list of infrastructure projects they need completed in order to mitigate potential future flood damage, according to Nelson Town Supervisor Roger Bradstreet. Nelson Highway Superintendent Jack Sevier submitted a list of seven projects for the replacement and enlargement of culverts on Hughes, Jones, Thomas, Green and North Lake roads and Sunrise Boulevard, totaling $192,000 worth of work. All seven made the first cut of projects in line for potential funding, Bradstreet told the town board at its March 13 regular monthly meeting.

“It’s still no guarantee that it will get done, but I feel very good they left all our projects on the list,” Bradstreet said. “So we’ll see what happens.”

Phase 1 of the New York Rising project has announced $3 million available for Madison County infrastructure repair work, although $3.4 million in town projects were submitted, so Nelson may lost one or two of its proposed projects in the next round of culling, Bradstreet said.

The summer 2013 flooding effected numerous Madison County towns, including Deruyter, Eaton, Nelson, Lebanon and Brookfield, with the city of Oneida receiving some of the worst damage.

Any repair funding the town receives from the state is expected to be received by this summer so the work can be completed immediately, since its intention is to prevent further flooding damage issues, Bradstreet said.

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