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Amenia talks grants

AMENIA — The town of Amenia is continuing to pursue grant opportunities. So said its grant writer, Michael Hagerty, at the Town Board meeting on Thursday, July 15.

Hagerty started his presentation by mentioning a new hazard-mitigation grant for projects like storm water management for Tower Hill Road. The grant could garner $200,000 for the town.

Another opportunity exists for a $190,000 Main Street grant, which he said he “expects to hear from very soon.” That grant, he said, is very competitive. It would pay for three building renovations, like a project proposed for Fountain Square, as well as administrative costs.

Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) are also coming up. Hagerty said he’s looking for ideas for that application. Last year the town applied for funds for the new Town Hall at the Amenia Elementary School building, which he said it could do again this year.

There are energy grants available, to help retrofit the new Town Hall, which could help cover costs for energy-efficient windows in the building’s gym area and basement.

The state’s records office also has grants for municipalities, due in February, which Hagerty said are “worth trying for.” The records grants could help the town redesign its records storage area and records management methods, something that might be beneficial as it moves into its new space.

Hagerty said he plans to reapply to the Greenway Conservancy for a $10,000 grant for the town as well.

Town Councilwoman Victoria Perotti spoke about the Amenia Historical Society seeking a grant from M&T Bank for $2,000, targeted for repair work at Fountain Square in the center of town. The repairs are needed for some masonry work on broken steps, as well as electrical upgrades and restoration of the fountains. A nonprofit sponsor was needed for the grant, which is where the town stepped in to partner with the historical society on the application.

“It’s where the community honors its veterans every year,” Perotti said, emphasizing the importance of the work and of keeping Fountain Square in ship-shape. The vote in favor of the motion to apply for the $2,000 grant was unanimous.

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