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News Release    

July 3, 2009      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

County Executive Steinhaus Announces nearly $1.1 Million for Community Projects

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced grants totaling nearly $1.1 million will be awarded through Dutchess County’s 2009 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to fund an array of local projects throughout Dutchess County.

“I am pleased to direct these funds to many of our localities through our community development program,” said County Executive Steinhaus.  “These grants make critical infrastructure improvements and handicapped accessibility projects possible that may not otherwise be affordable for local municipalities..”

Dutchess County secured $1,087,830 in CDBG monies to assist municipalities with projects to benefit low-to-moderate income county residents.  The 2009 totals represent an increase in Federal funding from 2008 levels.    Projects slated to receive funding include:

Infrastructure projects

  • Town of Amenia: $150,000 for the replacement of the Nelson Hill Road Bridge.   The existing span will be removed and the existing steel bridge structure will be replaced.  The bridge will be widened to correct the current awkward angle approach.   

  • Town of Dover: $150,000 for safety improvements to Holsapple Road including drainage installation, removal of hazardous trees and brush, straightening an S curve and improving site distance.   

  • Town of Poughkeepsie: $99,000 for infrastructure improvements in the Fairview District including replacement of existing sidewalks on the north side of West Cedar Street.   Additionally, improvements will be made in Fairview Park including lighting, fence replacement, installation of vandal resistant park benches, bike rack, 100’ handicapped accessible sidewalk leading to recreation equipment, and crosswalk road striping on West Cedar Street leading to Fairview Park.  

  • City of Beacon: $191,970 in infrastructure improvement funds to streets, sidewalks and drainage in certain low to moderate income neighborhoods within the city.  The city will also use the funds for a GIS management engineering document.  

Handicapped Accessibility projects

  • Town of Pleasant Valley: $50,000 to install a handicapped accessibility ramp to provide access from the Town Hall parking lot to the Cady Recreation Park.   

  • Town of Unionvale: $73,998 for handicapped accessibility improvements at Tymor Park’s Senior Citizen Facility, recreational meeting rooms and bathrooms.   Additionally, a unisex handicapped restroom and shower facility will be constructed in the pool/picnic/playground area.    

  • Town of Washington: $100,000 for handicapped accessibility improvements at the Town Park including creating a handicapped accessible parking lot.   A pedestrian bridge allowing access to the Town Park pool will also be constructed.  

Some of the 2008 allocation will be used to finish up projects which were started using prior year CDBG funding.  Such projects include:

  • Town and Village of Red Hook: $260,000 to connect the sidewalk system between the corner of Park and Linden Avenues in the Village of Red Hook to the Recreation Park in the Town of Red Hook.  This joint project is designed to create safe pedestrian access way and links the Village and Town.  

  • Village of Millerton: $12,862 for South Center Street Parking.  The Village will combine these 2009 funds with a previous year CDBG monies to create a parking lot in the Village center which will improve parking opportunities near the Harlem Valley Rail Trail.  

CDBG funding is administered by the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and provides funds to municipalities and human service agencies to benefit low-to-moderate income residents of Dutchess County.


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