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Albion will try for Bullard, sewer grants

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 July 2013 at 12:00 am

ALBION – The Village will submit an application to state to upgrade Bullard Park and also is working on an proposal to replace sanitary sewers on three village streets.

The grants are due next month. The board voted Wednesday to seek a $500,000 request from the state for Bullard Park, a project that wasn’t approved last year. Mayor Dean Theodorakos believes Albion has a better chance this funding round.

The village spent $20,000 last year upgrading playground equipment at the Pee Wee Park section of Bullard and also has $50,000 in a capitol reserve that could be spent at Bullard. He thinks that shows the village is willing to put some of its own money into the park, and not just rely on state funding.

The community also completed a comprehensive plan since the last grant application. That plan guides land use and identifies priorities in Albion, including the Bullard improvements.

The project is largely changed from a year ago when Albion sought state funding for 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. The village is paying LaBella Associates of Rochester $1,000 to resubmit the grant.

The village also wants a $600,000 state grant to replace 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 has sent 83 surveys to residents, but only eight have returned them. The village needs at least 53 for the application.

Village Board members said they would go door-to-door to residents in the target area, explaining the grant and need for the surveys. Board members may be out knocking on doors on Saturday.