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Group receives $100,000 grant for AME Church roof

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The Thomas Memorial AME Zion Church on Morrison Street has received a $100,000 financial boost to fix the historic church’s roof.

The Friends of Thomas Memorial Coalition — a group of about 10 preservationists across the state — has announced that it has obtained $100,000 in funding from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, a program from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Shameika Ingram, who’s leading efforts to renovate the church, said it was a collaborative effort to obtain the grant to make necessary repairs to the church’s roof.

“This is a tremendous achievement for the church. To be recognized for its historic value and to receive the support to keep the physical building in the community is an honor,” she said.

The People’s AME Zion Church in Syracuse, remains the church’s owner and is involved in the project.

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$1.25 million grant will help pay for trailer park water main

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The town has arranged for a $1.25 million grant to install a new water main at the trailer park on Route 11 following a water pipe break that caused residents to be without water for more than a week last year.

The town will receive the funding through the state’s Community Development Block Grant program, in addition to a previous $5 million grant that will help finance the new water main, said Michael Alteri, chief engineer with BCA Associates.

Alteri gave an update on the $9 million project to the Town Council on Thursday night.

Last year, the Town Council agreed to seek funding to install a new water main for Northland Estates and for BCA Architects & Engineers, Watertown, to research how the town could obtain a state grant for the project.

During a cold snap in January 2022, about 60 tenants ended up with no water inside their homes for a week after a water main break at the trailer park.

The broken water pipe, near the park’s pumphouse, spilled water at an alarming rate, over 6,000 gallons per day and another break a few weeks later.

Cook Properties NY, a Rochester-based company, purchased the park in October 2021. The company was unaware of the water main issues that had been occurring for years when it purchased the property.

The project will consist of installing a new water main — totaling a couple miles in length of piping — at the main entrance of property, bring it through the trailer park, hook it up on the other side on Route 283 and for lateral connections to individual mobile homes.

BCA will be working on the design of the project over the next several months, with construction not starting until “probably next spring,” Alteri said.

Alteri plans to return to next month’s town council meeting armed with a series of resolutions associated with the grants that the council will have to approve, he said.

“There’s quite a bit of paperwork to do,” he said.

Previously, the town secured the $5 million grant from the state’s Water Infrastructure Improvement & Intermunicipal Grant program.

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Rutland Fire Department receives over $300K from FEMA grant

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Rutland Volunteer Fire Company will receive $301,884 as part of the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program.

The funding was announced by U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand on Monday.

Rutland Fire Chief Will Kalin said the funds received through the grant will be used to replace air packs and get new turnout gear.

Twenty-eight new air packs and 13 new sets of turnout gear will be able to be purchased by the departments through the grant.

Air packs provide firefighters fresh air when on the scene of an incident.

Kalin said the turnout gear will be used for people who have recently joined the department who they didn’t have gear for beforehand.

He said it’s going to make sure that “everybody is outfitted with gear because we got so many new people this year and we just didn’t have enough gear on hand or the money in the budget for the year to outfit that many people.”

Kalin said that the department received a lot of new volunteers because its coverage area expanded, which resulted in the department not having the gear on hand.

The department took over territory that was covered by the Copenhagen Fire Department, and the territory that was gained was for the town of Champion, the town of Denmark and the village of Copenhagen.

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North country animal shelters get $800K in state grants as they prepare to meet new statewide standards

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Animal shelters in the north country are set to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in state funding, Gov. Kathleen C. Hochul announced Friday.

In a news release announcing more than $7.5 million in grant funding awarded to animal shelters across the state, the governor announced that the Jefferson County SPCA in Watertown will receive $200,000, the Potsdam Humane Society in St. Lawrence County will receive $100,067, and the Lewis County Humane Society in Glenfield will receive $500,000. That’s a little more than $800,000 for the north country’s animal shelter system, to be used to improve facilities and help them reach new state standards.

At the Jefferson County SPCA, the money will be used to expand the shelter’s physical capacity and install a new HVAC system.

The Jefferson County SPCA is already undergoing significant renovations, and assistant manager Caitlyn Alberry said the shelter is working to make a number of improvements.

“We just added a new section to the shelter that will improve our medical department, the high-volume spay neuter program that works through us, so we’re improving our medical capacity and improving the care,” she said.

This grant money will help upgrade all the shelter’s kennels for cats and dogs and increase the shelter’s capacity.

The Potsdam Humane Society will use its $100,067 to improve the animal holding areas, update its laundry system, improve the heating system and install new flooring.

“The new guidelines, we have three years to implement them, but it means we need some adaptations to our current facilities, and these funds will help us with them,” said Kathy Hughes, executive director of the Potsdam shelter.

At the Lewis County Humane Society, the $500,000 grant will go toward a new HVAC system for the building, laundry equipment, the construction of a cat isolation room and repairs for damaged shelter structures.

Manager Amber Zehr said she had just received the news, and was elated to hear that the shelter will be able to do so much more; $500,000 was the largest grant given in Friday’s announcement, and only five awards of that size were given.

“It’s exciting, very exciting,” she said. “I’m pretty sure they said we’re going to be able to get more kennels; we can hold more animals which is super exciting.”

With the planned construction of a new cat-specific space, she said animals in the shelter will be even safer, kept separate from other species.

Ms. Zehr said the planned construction at the Glenfield facility will bring the shelter very close to completely in line with the new state standards.

In Potsdam, Ms. Hughes said she is happy to see standards going up across the state, and to see state money come into the Potsdam shelter to help, but said more money will be needed to bring Potsdam’s shelter completely in line.

“This is really the first phase, the first set of steps we have to take to meet those new regulations,” she said. “We will have to go after other funding to help us, because we will in the near future need to expand our facility. The funds we’ve been granted in this first go around are simply for internal changes and improvements.”

She said the organization’s building and grounds committee is meeting to plan future expansion.

The new state regulations come from a measure passed last year, with some changes seemingly made in the state budget this year. It sets a statewide standard for all animal shelters to abide by, with a new system of inspections carried out by the Department of Agriculture and Markets.

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