SHERIDAN - Residents of Middle, Farmingdale and Werle roads in the town of Sheridan are being urged to do their part in submitting previously-mailed surveys that would help in applying for a critical grant.
The Sheridan Town Board, during its meeting on Thursday, received an update on the much-needed $490,000 community development block grant through the New York state Homes and Community Renewal Agency. The funds would cover all expenses incurred from making improvements in Water District #1, which was declared in an emergency situation in January.
"We're hoping the residents of the water district all participate in the survey," Town Clerk Julie Szumigala said. "We have to have 36 of the 38 residences respond to the survey in order to even be able to apply. We're urging those who have not submitted the survey yet to do so immediately (no later than Sept. 1). They don't have to sign their name, they just have to fill out the questionnaire and mail it to (our grant consultant) Municipal Solutions Inc."
In order to demonstrate Sheridan's eligibility for the grant, the town must provide certain information regarding household characteristics of the population that would benefit from the improvements, including proof that a majority of the water users in the district are categorized as low- or moderate-income households.
Planned improvements to the district include the installation of new water mains, meters and hydrants.
"If we are not successful, the cost of these improvements ... would have to be paid by the users in the water district," Szumigala said. "We cannot over-stress the importance of your (the residents') cooperation. The improvements will be done, out of necessity. Who pays for the improvements is partially in your hands."
A failed application would therefore mean each of the 38 residences in the district would pay more than $10,000 to make the improvements, which was another reason cited to ensure all surveys are completed.
Numerous leaks and breaks have been located in the district's water lines, forcing the town to consider replacing them.
"This has been ongoing for (almost a year now)," Supervisor Louis Delmonte said at a previous board meeting. "We've been chasing leaks and throwing good money at a bad situation. Eventually, we're going to have to do some type of replacement."
Landlords who receive the survey are asked to provide it to their tenants for completion and mailing.
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