October 24, 2003
County Receives $100,000 Grant to Assist Sewer Improvements
Pawling Residents to Benefit
Executive William R. Steinhaus with Thomas LeGrand, Chairman of the Dutchess
County Water and Wastewater Authority (DCWWA) announced today receipt of a
$100,000 grant from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to be
used for wastewater facility improvements in Pawling.
“I’ve always encouraged staff to seek outside funding sources that can assist
in making improvements to our County Infrastructure. In this case we became
aware funds were available for the County and I requested the Authority to
work with our local municipalities to put together a project that would
qualify for the funding. I’m pleased to announce that we’ve been able to work
through the DCWWA and the Joint Village and Town of Pawling Sewer District to
identify a sewer line replacement that is eligible for the use of this
funding source,” said County Executive Steinhaus.
The funds are available through NYS DEC specifically for use in the Croton
Watershed. The southern portion of the Town and Village and are located in
the Croton Watershed. The Pawling Joint Sewer District will replace an
undersized 4-inch sewer line in a portion of East Main Street with a new 8"
line, and the work is expected to be completed in 2004.
Authority Chairman Tom LeGrand stated, “We’re pleased to be able assist our
local municipalities in water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.
Maintaining and improving infrastructure in our communities is critical to
the overall environmental and economic health of our County.”
“This grant will enable us to complete the replacement of some 1100 feet of
undersized sewer line which will help avoid the possibility of sewer backups
and spills that could contaminate runoff waters to the Great Swamp,” said
Pawling Town Supervisor Ed Hauser. “It is a very important step for the
environment and another example of cooperation between the Village, the Town
and the County,” he added.
“We wish to thank County Executive Steinhaus and the Water Authority for
these efforts. These system improvements will provide better services to our
residents, contribute to cost savings for all ratepayers, while protecting
the Great Swamp and the Croton Watershed,” said Councilperson Beth Coursen.
“This project demonstrates the County and the Authority’s ability to
collaborate with local municipalities and assist them in maintaining stronger
community centers with adequate infrastructures,” said County Executive
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