Albion eyes grants for Bullard, sewers

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 May 2013 at 12:00 am

ALBION – The Village Board intends to resubmit a grant to upgrade Bullard Park. The village sought state funds last year for $430,000 worth of park improvements, including two reseeded ball fields, new playground equipment and a 6,400-foot-long hiking trail carved through the park.

The grant wasn’t approved as part of the Consolidated Funding Application process, which places an emphasis on projects with a regional significance.

Mayor Dean Theodorakos on Wednesday said the Bullard upgrades are worth pursuing and would enhance the community. The board is considering paying J O’Connell and Associates of Clarence up to $3,500 to resubmit the grant with some changes. The firm told Theodorakos it has ideas to strengthen the application.

The village could also pay LaBella Associates of Rochester $1,000 to resubmit the grant from a year ago with few changes.

The state hasn’t set a deadline for when the applications are due. Last year the deadline was in early July with the grants announced in December.

Theodorakos said he wants to hear more from J O’Connell and Associates on how the village could improve the grant before committed money to the firm.

Village officials may also seek a grant to replace sanitary sewers on portions of Crimson Drive, Caroline Street, and East State Street between Platt Street and just past Ingersoll Street. The village needs to do an income survey of residents in the project area to see if the majority of residents are low- to moderate-income. That would make Albion eligible for the state grant. LaBella said it would do the income surveys for $500 with Albion also paying the costs for mail.

The board may decide how it wants to proceed with the grants at its May 22 meeting.

Village officials are moving ahead with another project. The board approved paying Chatfield Engineers of Rochester $3,630 for work designing a parking lot on Main Street.

The board wants to expand an existing lot with about 20 spaces to a bigger lot with 40 spots. The lot is located between the Presbyterian Church and the former Sneezy’s Bowling Alley.