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County legislators to mull pair of funding requests

Posted 8/8/17

Two grant application requests to support housing improvements are slated to go before the Oneida County Board of Legislators Wednesday.The applications seek:• $600,000 to continue a program that …

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County legislators to mull pair of funding requests

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Two grant application requests to support housing improvements are slated to go before the Oneida County Board of Legislators Wednesday.

The applications seek:

• $600,000 to continue a program that replaces or rehabilitates mobile homes. The money would be used for five low-income, frail elderly and disabled households.

• $250,000 to establish a well and septic program. The money would be used to assist low- and moderate-income homeowners with repairing or replacing wells and septic systems. A total of 13 households would receive assistance through a five-year forgivable loan program.

If successful, the federal Community Development Block Grant money would come through the state Office of Community Renewal. The Utica-based HomeOwnership Center would oversee the grants. No county dollars are required for either program.

The programs are for residents outside Rome and Utica. These two cities receive block grant funds directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and are not listed as eligible communities for the state block grant program. Two public hearings are required for both applications. If the lawmakers approve the applications, the first one will be held Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. in the legislative chambers on the 10th floor of the County Office Building, Utica. The second hearing will be on a date to be determined.

Other agenda items for this week’s monthly legislature meeting include:

• Approval of a $77,680 agreement between county Department of Public Works and Lochner Engineering, PC, to provide construction inspection services for the replacement of the Houck Road bridge over Sconondoa Creek in the town of Vernon.

• Approval of a $110,100 agreement between Public Works and Bonacci Architects, PLLC, to provide professional consulting services to the county for improvements at county facilities.

• Approval of 23 refunds and 13 corrections for erroneous tax assessments.

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