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List of possible local flood control projects discussed

Thursday, February 20, 2014
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— A list of local flood control projects that could be funded under a state program was shown Thursday night, and state officials were looking for public input on them.

The projects came out of earlier public meetings and from local officials. A final report is to go to the state by the end of March. A decision on funding is expected to come in the months after.

“We want to make sure not just that we have the single most important project for Rotterdam and Schenectady, but we want to have a breadth of projects,” Robert Singer, a state consultant, told those gathered Thursday night in Schenectady at the county library.

In all, $3 million each has been set aside for both Schenectady and Rotterdam to fund flood control projects through a state program called NY Rising.

The estimated cost of 12 highlighted projects Thursday night added up to between $10 million and $13 million. The report given to the state at the end of March is to include a description of each, comments from the community, as well as a cost-benefit analysis.

The highlighted projects were expected to be listed as priorities, though the list wasn’t set, officials said. Other projects were also included as possibilities. Those would be included as a general list of projects for the future, officials said.

The highlighted possibilities ranged from municipal well protection, housing acquisitions, sewer line improvements to a project to use a tunnel to connect the bike trail in Rotterdam to reduce flooding.

One of the Schenectady proposals was $500,000 to study options for protecting vulnerable parts of the Stockade and East Front Street. Options could include elevating homes and even the streets. Funding for any recommendations would be determined later.

Steven Reichert attended Thursday night’s meeting looking for projects that might affect his home on North Street. He’s lived there for 12 years and had water in his basement five times. He also had damage from Tropical Storm Irene.

“I think they’re all good proposals,” Reichert said. “But none of them necessarily impact my most immediate concern, which is saving my home.”

Another meeting covering projects in the city of Amsterdam, town of Amsterdam and town of Florida is scheduled for Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon at Creative Connections Arts Center, 303 E. Main St., Amsterdam.

 
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