On March 24th, 2008 there was a pre-public hearing meeting held at the Bloomingdale Town Hall. Those present were Supervisor Joyce W. Morency, Deputy Supervisor Charles Whitson, Jr., Water & Sewer Superintendent Bart Crary, Essex County Community Development and Planning Director Victor J. Putman.


            Supervisor Morency opened the meeting at 1:00 p.m.


            Supervisor Morency stated that there are five streets that need sewer lines in Bloomingdale. Vine, Poplar, Maple, Whiteface and Mill. There were forty surveys that were sent out by Supervisor Morency. Supervisor Morency and Bart prepared a map that had the street locations for the proposed sewer line. Map was reviewed by the four in attendance.


            Mr. Putnam said that $600,000 is available for Public Facilities. The surveys mailed out are numbered 1 to 50 and must have a 95% return in order to qualify. Supervisor Morency stated that the Town will need a letter from Kevin Scheuer, New York State Department of Health, in Saranac Lake. She stated that Joe Garco, Engineer, will need to prepare map work.


             The above meeting notes were given to Town Clerk by Supervisor.


                         PUBLIC HEARING – MARCH 25, 2008


            The Public Hearing meeting of the St. Armand was held on the above

referenced dates at the Town Hall, Bloomingdale, NY.


PRESENT:     Supervisor Joyce W. Morency, Water & Sewer Superintendent Bart

                        Crary and Town Clerk Cynthia A. Woodson, and guest Sandy Hayes.


            Supervisor Morency opened the Public Hearing at 1:00 p.m. on the Community Development Block Grant (C.D.B.G.).


            The Public Notice is as follows from Essex County:


            Public Notice Town of St. Armand. The Town Board of the Town of St. Armand will submit an application for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant Program, administered by the New York State Governor’s Office for Small Cities (GOSC), on or before April 21, 2008. The Town is notifying the public in order to give residents the opportunity to attend public hearings that will allow them to identify and comment on the overall needs and priorities of the community, and to allow them to consider the potential benefits and impacts of the proposed CDBG project before the application is submitted. The public hearings will provide an explanation of the overall CDBG program and provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and comment. An application will be developed in accordance with the Town’s Citizen Participation process, the Community Development and Displacement Plans. The Essex County Department of Community Development and Planning will prepare the application on behalf of the Town, and any questions regarding the grant can be directed to either the Town Supervisor, Joyce W. Morency, at the address and telephone number provided at the end of this notice, or the Essex County Department of Community Development and Planning (518-873-3750). The first Public Hearing will be held at the Town Office, Main Street, Bloomingdale, on March 25, 2008 at 1 pm, affording an overview of the CDBG program and an opportunity to discuss and comment on overall community needs. The second Public Hearing will be held on April 8, 2008 at 1 pm to afford the public an opportunity to review the details of the proposed project, related issues and to comment before the Small Cities CDBG application is submitted. Written and verbal comments from both public hearings will be considered and, if appropriate, incorporated into the Community Development Plan and CDBG program design. The Town’s Community Development, Displacement and Citizen Participation Plans will be available for review at the Town Office, the Public Hearings and at the offices of the Essex County Department of Community Development and Planning. Questions and comments or public requests for copies or documents identified in this notice can be arranged for by writing to: Joyce W. Morency, Supervisor Town of St. Armand, P.O. Box 338, Main Street, Bloomingdale, NY. 12913, 518-891-3189. Pub.: March 14, 2008.


            Supervisor Morency gave a summary of yesterday’s meeting. The surveys were mailed out to occupants on the five streets Vine, Poplar, Maple, Whiteface, and Mill.

Mr. Putnam said that $600,000 is available for Public Facilities. The surveys mailed out must have a 95% return in order to qualify. The Town will need a letter from Kevin Scheuer New York State Department of Health, and that Mr. Putnam will get in touch with Joe Garco about the map work. Supervisor Morency said that Diane Perley from R.C.A.P. Solutions, Inc. from Burlington Vt. will be stopping in on Wednesday to give her an update on the surveys.


            Sandy asked to review the map and location of sites for the sewer lines.

Supervisor Morency stated that if enough surveys are returned (at least 95%), then there will be another public hearing on April 8th. Sandy said that percentage doesn’t look too good. The people filling out the surveys have to meet an income qualification as well. He asked if one street qualifies and another does not, will the lower score still get the sewer line. Bart responded yes. Sandy and Bart discussed where the sewer line would go if Maple Street can not qualify but Whiteface Ave. does. Sandy said the “paper road” of Summit could be a possibility to get a line to Whiteface from Prospect St.


            Supervisor Morency stated that in order to get the grant, surveys must be returned and they must meet the income level, if not; there will not be a Public Hearing on April 8th as they won’t qualify for the grant.

 

            Supervisor Morency closed the Public Hearing at 1:30 p.m.


I, Cynthia A. Woodson, Town Clerk for the Town of St. Armand, do hereby certify that the above is a true and correct transcript of the Public Hearing minutes held on the above referenced date.


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Cynthia A. Woodson

St. Armand Town Clerk