McManus Engineering Group of Cooperstown will be installing “rain gardens” which are sunken areas within an urban landscape that allows the rain that falls to be collected into the aquifers below, Falk said.
The purpose of these “rain gardens” is to allow the water to slowly drain into the ground instead of flooding into the streets and sidewalks, Falk said.
The timing of the project is weather dependent, but Falk said, “We hope to begin by April 1st.”
“The first phase is preparing the areas for the work that’s coming including taking trees out and lampposts down,” she continued.
McManus Engineering is currently in the process of calling all of the local businesses that will be effected by this project and they are “willing to work with business owners on any potential issues that may come up,” Falk said.
Though village officials are eager to begin working on this project, they are trying to be considerate of the needs of businesses and Cooperstown residents, Falk said.
“One of the important pieces is that we will not be working during the peak season,” Falk said.
The work will be done entirely in the spring and fall, with the hope of completing the project by December of 2014, Falk said. If the weather does not cooperate the project will be completed by the end of the 2015 calendar year.
This project is made possible because Cooperstown is the recipient of the Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP) from the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (NYSEFC).
According to the NYSEFC website, projects selected for the grant “protect and improve water quality, spur innovation in storm-water management and build capacity locally and beyond by inspiring other to build and maintain green infrastructure.”
The grant will help pay for three things, the “rain gardens," replacing the trees, and the usage of permeable pavers, which are bricks that have gaps so rainwater can fall between each of the pavers, allowing the rainwater to sink down into the soil.