Wastewater project gets funding boast

 

 

The village of Granville has received more good news regarding the wastewater treatment plant’s $1.3 million upgrade project.

The project, begun in the summer, is expected to be complete sometime after the new year and should cost the village considerably less money after receiving another grant.

 

Mayor Jay Niles said he was informed by the Environmental Facilities Corp. (EFC) that the village will receive more than an additional $150,000 toward the completion of the project.

“This is huge for us,” Niles said. “This is huge for the sewer rates here in the village.”

According to the release from the EFC, the village will receive $148,577 from the Green Project Reserves due to the use of green technologies in the sewer treatment plant upgrade project.

Those technologies include the disc filters that make up the major portion of the upgrade project.

“This is another example of working with the EFC and our engineers on using this green technology,” Niles said.

The recently added funds reduce to approximately $105,000 the amount the village will need to borrow to cover the cost of the work.

Niles said the village will receive another $6,637 from the EFC to pay for green add-ons to the project that had been left out of the initial design as a cost-saving measure. The items, including high efficiency lighting, motion sensors for lighting and propane radiant heaters, will be paid for by the state agency.

“We’ve got to give credit to the village’s engineering firm Lamont engineers for the work that they have done that made this possible,” Niles said.

The village announced in June it had received $1.3 million from the second round of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the federal stimulus program.

The village was one of 22 New York state communities receiving federal funding for wastewater treatment projects and the only location in Washington County to get federal stimulus money as part of the June 4 announcement.

The village was slated to receive $1.04 million in “principal forgiveness” requiring a $260,000 loan to cover the remainder of the costs. The hardship loan is provided at zero percent interest.

Village Clerk and Treasurer Rick Roberts said at the time that would mean loan payments for the village of approximately $8,670 versus annual payments of as much as $70,260 over the same 30-year duration if the village had to finance the entire $1.3 million project.

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