New York state awards millions to projects in the Adirondacks
Adirondack Explorer reports that the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) awarded $196 million in grant money to 488 projects throughout New York state. About three dozen of these projects are in Adirondack Park communities.
The projects include wastewater treatment improvement, parks and trail maintenance, and museum renovations.
Warren County received $251,838 to implement a comprehensive aquatic invasive species prevention and control program in the Schroon Lake basin. Coordinating among local communities and state agencies, the program will aim to establish mobile decontamination stations and improve data sharing. The county also received funds for an analysis of housing needs; the county must contribute $20,000 toward the project to receive $46,000 in grant funding.
A few Adirondack projects funded by the state grants:
- Bolton: $975,000 to improve the town’s Veterans Memorial Park with expanded pedestrian access, new docks, a restroom facility, pavilion, playground and waterfront picnic area;
- Johnsburg: $35,450 to reroute an existing trail from North Creek to Ski Bowl Park, which is used year round by skiers, snowshoers, mountain bikers and hikers;
- Johnsburg: $1.6 million to construct a wastewater collection and treatment system in the North Creek business district, which has been hurt economically by the lack of a central sewer system;
- Minerva: $1 million to replace a water line in the area of Town Shed Road and Moxham Pond, ensuring regulatory compliance for a system that serves 45 residents;
- Ticonderoga: $279,750 to construct a quarter-mile segment of the LaChute River Walk Interpretive Trail, expanding access with an ADA-compliant trail;
- Willsboro: $75,000 to develop an engineering plan to stabilize Lake Champlain banks at Noblewood Park;
- Six Nations Iroquois Cultural Center: $150,000 to renovate and construct a new facility;
- Webb: $250,000 to construct 7 miles of mountain biking trails at McCauley Mountain Recreation Center in Old Forge;
- Clarkson University: $1.25 million for its North Country Innovation Hot Spot, which assists small businesses across the region