Rotterdam gets state Brownfield grant

In the cover letter of the town's May 2006 grant application, Tommasone wrote, "some of the major tenants to be addressed through the planning process will include: groundwater recharge; municipal well head and aquifer protection; open space strategies for groundwater recharge areas; potential infrastructure improvements for aquifer protection; improvements to facilitate the goals of the State Canal Plan; facilitation of historic tourism; improvements and plans for existing and future recreational facilities; improvements to local park and trail facilities; and pedestrian and transportation infrastructure improvements."

In his letter, Tommasone also stressed his desire to have public input in the land studies.

"We also believe that the involvement of local residents, the public and community stakeholders will be important to the nomination process," he wrote. "We plan to undertake a public visioning process as a means to develop community goals and strategies for our revitalization efforts in the community. Due to the important historic nature of Rotterdam Junction, we feel that the historic context of the area will help to set the framework for revitalization."

The BOA program, created in 2003 along with the state's Brownfield Cleanup Program provides communities with financial assistance to facilitate the collection of information about an area blighted with brownfields. A brownfield site is defined as "real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant."

The program provides assistance to identify, prepare, create, develop and assemble information to be included in an application to "nominate an area as a BOA. The program also provides financial assistance for site assessments performed in designated BOAs.""

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