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Amityville adopts policies to qualify for Sandy-related funds

Amityville Village Hall on April 26, 2014. Amityville

Amityville Village Hall on April 26, 2014. Amityville is one step closer to receiving millions of dollars in federal funds for superstorm Sandy-related work after adopting several new village policies. Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

Amityville is one step closer to receiving millions of dollars in federal funds for superstorm Sandy-related work after adopting several new village policies.

The village board of trustees last month passed four resolutions necessary for the village to qualify for federal Community Development Block Grant money. The resolutions approve adopting an affirmative action plan, procedures and policies for the procurement of goods and services necessary for the projects, a citizen participation plan and policies and grievance procedures regarding discrimination on the basis of disability.

The policies are required by the federal government for the village to obtain the nearly $5.6 million it was allotted under the community reconstruction program following Sandy.

Amityville will use $3 million from the funding for waterfront resiliency to repair and replace bulkheading at more than 20 locations, said Peter Casserly, a Babylon Town consultant for construction management. The town has been managing this portion of Amityville’s projects. Casserly said the town is waiting for one last permit from the state Department of Environmental Conservation before putting out a request for proposals for the bulkheading construction.

Amityville officials, like their counterparts in Lindenhurst, decided to take on the subsequent phases of funding and will be managing all aspects themselves. According to the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, the next phase of funding for Amityville includes $475,000 for a generator, which Mayor Dennis Siry said will be permanently installed in the firehouse. The firehouse will serve as an emergency evacuation center.

The remainder of the federal funds — more than $2 million — will be used for sewer and drainage improvements in the village. The improvements include expanding the capacity of the village’s storm drainage system using measures such as outfalls and installing flapper valves, according to the governor’s storm recovery office. In some locations, roadways may need to be elevated in order to achieve the necessary drainage improvements.

The village must first hire an engineer to determine which locations will be targeted for work and which methods will be employed, an agency spokesman said.

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