Clarendon seeks state help with painting water tower

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 29 December 2015 at 12:00 am

Photo by Kristina Gabalski – Clarendon’s water tower is located next to the fire hall on Rt. 31A, just west of Route 237.

ALBION – Leaders in the Town of Clarendon are hoping the state will come through with funds to help with the cost of painting the municipal water tower.

Town Supervisor Richard Moy received a letter from State Sen. Robert Ortt in late November informing the town that he is working to secure funding to be used for capital improvements for municipalities in his district through the State and Municipal Facilities Capital Funding Program (SAM).

“It is my hope that you can provide my office with a short list of projects within your jurisdictions that fit the criteria that I have enclosed along with this letter to you,” Senator Ortt wrote.

Supervisor Moy responded earlier this month thanking Senator Ortt for informing the town of the funding source.

“This is very timely for the Town of Clarendon in that we are planning to paint our municipal water tower,” Moy informed Senator Ortt in a letter. “Any contribution to our water tower painting project would be greatly appreciated, as this cost would be a great burden to our taxpayers.”

According to Supervisor Moy, the water tower was built in 1998 and the estimated cost for painting is $500,000. The town included photographs of the interior of the water tower and a DVD with additional details along with the letter to Senator Ortt.

According to information provided to the town by Senator Ortt, all projects must be approved by the Division of Budget and the Executive after completion of a review process by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.

Projects eligible for funding include major repair or renovation of a fixed asset, or assets which materially extend its useful life or materially improves or increase its capacity.