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January 3, 2013

Village to receive grant for sidewalk project

Cooperstown is in line to receive more than $600,000 in state grant funds, it was announced last month, but the amount will leave the village short of what is required for the Main Street sidewalk project.

“We put in for a $1.9 million grant for the Green Innovation Grant Program, and basically it would be to reconstruct all of Main Street’s sidewalks,” Mayor Jeff Katz said.

The project started out as a simple desire to replace the heavily used Main Street sidewalks, he said.

“Next time you’re in the village and walk Main Street, really look down,” he said. “There’s a lot of cracking and heaving. Some of the patches are with asphalt.”

But, after consulting with its engineer, Katz said, the village saw an opportunity with the grants to replace the sidewalks and take a forward-looking approach by mitigating storm water runoff into Otsego Lake with permeable pavement and planters.

“So we put in for that whole thing, and we got about a third of it,” he said. “Not everything we wanted, but a good start.”

How much of the work can be done with the $636,854 grant the village will receive from Department of Environmental Facilities, remains to be seen, Katz said.

“We would have to go back to our engineer,” he said.

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