PORT CHESTER RECEIVES $468,837 SEWER GRANT
Village Awarded State Monies for Ongoing Sewer Rehabilitation
In a statement released by Assemblyman Steve Otis (91st AD, Westchester County), the Village of Port Chester is to be awarded $468,837 for planned sewer rehabilitation work in fiscal year 2017-18, as part of New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation’s (EFC) 2017 Water Grant program. The Village’s Department of Planning & Economic Development, supported by Millennium Strategies, Inc., and Dolph Rotfeld Engineering, P.C., applied for the grant in the spring of 2017.
“Governor Cuomo’s 2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 expanded New York’s commitment to water quality to a level unparalleled in the nation. I am very pleased that grant funding in this round is going to Sound Shore communities in Westchester County like New Rochelle, which submitted a joint application with Larchmont, the Town of Mamaroneck and Pelham and the Village of Port Chester which will receive an individual grant towards their ongoing work” said Assemblyman Otis.
Fiscal year 2017-18 marks the fourth year in a five-year, $15 million dollar sewer rehabilitation program in Port Chester, which began after a thorough investigation of sewer infrastructure in the Village revealed that close to half of the Village’s sewer lines were damaged or dysfunctional.
Since that time, the Village has strategically planned for extensive sewer repairs on an annual basis, paid for by grant funds and the Village’s annual capital budget. In 2017-18, the Village set aside approximately $1.8 million for needed sewer repairs, with an additional $1.8 million to be set aside in 2018-19.
The New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act authorizes the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) to provide grants to assist municipalities in funding water quality infrastructure. Projects are limited to 25% of net eligible project costs.
The Village is currently administering approximately $750,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for sewer repair work on North Main Street and Broad Street, and is aggressively pursuing other grant funding opportunities to help alleviate the burden of these costs on the Village.