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Albion seeks 2 state grants for infrastructure projects

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 August 2018 at 11:22 am

(CORRECTION: The proposed water line project doesn’t include any portion of Allen Road, as was stated in an earlier version of this article.)

ALBION – The Village of Albion is pursuing two state grants for infrastructure projects that are each about $1 million.

Albion has applied for $800,000 in state funding to go towards a disinfection project at the Pollution Control Plant on Densmore Street. That project could cost $950,000 total at the sewer plant.

In case the grant doesn’t come through, the Village Board on Wednesday started the process to bond the project at $950,000. The board said Albion has a good chance to receive a grant, which is expected to be announced by the state in November-December.

The Village Board said the project needs to move forward per the direction of the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The board also is seeking state funding for a $930,000 project to replace waterlines on South Clinton and West Academy streets, between Route 31 and Allen Road. It also includes a section of Hamilton Street to the village.

The project would be 60 percent funded by the state. The new waterlines are needed to boost water pressure on those streets. Albion currently isn’t meeting the standards for fire flows on those streets, Fire Chief Harry Papponetti said.

Village officials are trying to get letters of support from residents in the project area by Aug. 29. The grant needs to be submitted to the state by Sept. 7.

The board also is eyeing a $3 million project to upgrade the pumps for the water plant. That project would drastically cut the electricity costs for the plant, Trustee Gary Katsanis said. The village may pursue that project next year.

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