SPRINGWATER — As part of the requirements of the NYS CDBG grant program for communities that employee more than 15 people during the 2015 year, the town of Springwater approved a grievance coordinator position, which will be filled by the clerk Jade Perkins during the regular town board meeting on June 6.
Supervisor Deborah Babbitt-Henry explained, “There is a need in our community to assist our most vulnerable homeowners with repairs such as heating systems, insulation, new windows, doors, and electrical upgrades.”
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD.
The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities. The CDBG program has made a difference in the lives of millions of people and their communities across the Nation.
HUD determines the amount of each grant by using a formula comprised of several measures of community need, including the extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing, and population growth lag in relationship to other metropolitan areas.
Springwater was awarded a grant for $500,000 in 2015 and anticipates being able to provide assistance to about 35 single family homes.
In other action Monday:
David Cotter was appointed councilman until the next election when he will have to appear on the ballot.
There was a public hearing about Local Law 1 of 2016, which talks about Best Value and piggy-backing off county and state bids. The Local Law 1 of 2016 was approved at the end of the meeting. This assures the town they can go by the most responsible bidder.
The Wayland American Legion sent out a letter inviting local officials to honor the 2016 Seniors who have entered into the military on June 14 at 6 p.m.
“It is important we show the young people that we support them,” Babbitt-Henry said. “We need to support our kids.”
Cotter said he would attend the Flag Day celebration to support the seniors.
The Summer Rec director is hiring on four adults, two previous employees, and two new for this summer's program.
“We have had to re-evaluate the way we fund/support our summer recreation program,” Babbitt-Henry said. “In the past we have had youths from the community to assist the recreation director, unfortunately over the past few years we have seen an uptake in no-shows, no-calls, and sudden resignations and a lack of responsibility from the youths that are employed. Last year these actions resulted in our recreation director being the only responsible person for a planned event that had about 25 children.”
Councilwoman Patricia Willsea said the Pleasant Valley East Cemetery needs some work done on it.
“There are many abandon headstones and things are growing all around it,” she said. “We need to get the legion or crew down there to clean up the shrub, and open things up to place flags on the graves.”
It was proposed by Babbitt-Henry that the town asks the town attorney to look into adding criminal penalties for repeat code enforcement violators. There are currently civil penalties in place.
The town is putting a new highway complex on Hudson Road. A new highway barn and salt shed are planned for the site.
“The town has switched all vehicles to diesel thus eliminating the need for a costly regular gasoline dispenser and fire suppression system. The existing highway arn was fallen into serious disrepair over the years and is no longer safe or healthy to work in,” Babbitt-Henry said. “This past winter saw the end of the barn blown away in the end. It damaged the neighbors property.”
Springwater Public Works Department employee Jim Cowley asked the town board for approval of 60 additional water meters, since many are leaking.Each meter costs about $1,300.
“I need to take care of the broken ones soon,” he said. “This is the nature of the beast. We need the meters. The lines leak. I will get to the ones that use a lot of water first.”
Babbitt-Henry pressed how important it is by law to get these broken meters fixed as soon as possible.
There have been a large number of Amish people moving into the area, and Babbitt-Henry feels it would be good to put the town on the Livingston County Amish Trails.
“We have large Amish families moving into the area,” she said. “We want to start an Amish Trail in Springwater. It would be great for the community as a whole.”
The next town board meeting will be held on June 20 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.