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August 8, 2003

Steinhaus Announces Community Development Recipients
Over $2 Million Distributed Countywide

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced he has finalized contractual agreements a number of local municipalities, all participants in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, for their 2003 program year funding.

County Executive Steinhaus noted, “There were many worthy applicants for the monies Dutchess distributes. The projects that were awarded this round will achieve much needed infrastructure improvements countywide and permit flexibility in the human services arena by replenishing available housing for seniors and recreational facilities for our youth.”

A summary of the activities that will now be undertaken in the county follows:

· The Town of Hyde Park was given a $100,000 grant in 2003 for improvements at Hackett Hill Park. The town will install new waterline service to park buildings and undertake improvements to the existing access road. Hackett Hill is used for a wide range of community and recreational activities throughout the year in the Town of Hyde Park.

· The Town of Pleasant Valley was approved for $100,000 for handicapped accessible activities at a town park that is currently being constructed on Route 44 in the town. The construction that will be done includes a sidewalk, ramp, dock and wooden bridge that will all meet the current ADA compliance requirements to be accessible to handicapped individuals.

· The Town of Red Hook is working with the county and local town officials toward the ultimate development of 80-100 units of affordable senior housing on approximately seven acres of land. Community Development funds of $150,000 will be awarded for remediation of the land that is necessary prior to the development of the property.

· The Town of Rhinebeck sponsored an application for $30,000 for the non-profit Wilderstein Preservation for ongoing handicapped accessible improvements to this well-known town historic site. Accessible restrooms, ramps and paths will be constructed for the convenience of local residents and tourists to the area through the town’s support and involvement in the CDBG program.

· The Town of Stanford was awarded $150,000 to continue infrastructure improvements near the town center. Street improvements will take place near Creamery Road, Church Lane and Rock Place, which will include drainage, shoulder work and resurfacing. The town has used CDBG funds in recent years for nearby park improvements.

· The Village of Millbrook also was a sponsor for a non-profit agency, the Church Alliance. This organization will be expanding an existing senior housing complex by twelve additional units. The $45,000 of CDBG funds will be used for predevelopment costs.

Steinhaus concluded, “This distribution of funds within our communities provides an economic base to continue the county’s commitment to an enhanced quality of life for the residents of Dutchess County.”

The CDBG funding is administered by the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and provides grant funds to municipalities and human services agencies to benefit low-to-moderate income residents of Dutchess County. An advisory panel guides the County Executive in the grant considerations and final award determinations are made by the County Executive.

Other awards went to:

Town of Poughkeepsie $ 29,380
Village of Fishkill $150,000
City of Beacon $241,140


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