The Town of Guilderland is pleased to announce that the Town has signed agreements with the State of New York under the State and Municipal Facilities Program (“SAM”) to receive $2,750,000 in grant funds for stormwater drainage improvements in McKownville. These SAM grants were obtained by State Senator George Amedore and Assemblyperson Patricia Fahy.
The agreements will allow for the design and construction of a storm water management system to alleviate the recurring flooding of homes and properties. The design work will take place over the winter with construction to start in June 2018, with a projected completion in December 2019. The project will also include the Water Department’s replacing and relocating of water lines that are antiquated or located in rear yards. To maximize the scope of the work, the Highway Department will use its newly acquired equipment to pave the impacted streets.
Town Supervisor Peter G. Barber stated: “We look forward to the start of this essential project with the goal of extending its benefits to the greatest number of homes by coordinating work with water line upgrades and paving by the Town. I thank Senator Amedore and Assemblyperson Fahy for bringing this relief to the hamlet’s residents.” Town Grant Writer Donald Csaposs stated: “The signing of these grant contracts is the next step in advancing this very important project, which has been a major focus of the Town for several years. Combining water line replacement and road paving with the stormwater project will greatly improve the hamlet’s infrastructure. We appreciate the efforts of our local legislators to help advance this project.”
Over the next several months, the Town will schedule multiple meetings to discuss the evolving design, projected work, and timing of construction, and have engineers available to answer each homeowner’s question about the proposed work and impacts on specific property. Supervisor Barber noted “that our goal is to minimize impacts as much as possible by keeping residents fully informed and addressing concerns to the maximum extent possible.”