Rotterdam Junction Brownfield proposal complete

Planners say flooding means better chances for funding

— Several Rotterdam Junction residents attending the Town Board meeting questioned the length of time the study has taken to be completed, but Comenzo said it is a long process.

“It has taken us six years to get to this,” he said. “As much as I can move things forward, we are trying to keep the momentum going. As you go up the chain things get more and more difficult to deal with.”

Comenzo said it can be a “very frustrating process, because it takes forever.”

He said having the study completed would position the town better to obtain grants and funding available through recovery efforts to repair flood-damaged areas.

“They are looking for a plan,” he said, “They are not looking to just hand out money to a community and say, ‘Go ahead and fix something,’ or, ‘Go ahead and build something.’”

Comenzo said the benefit of the area being spotlighted in the media is the town is receiving calls from state agencies asking how they can help.

“It was a very odd event that happened down here, where you had water that was essentially going uphill and there is a lot of issues with things that make it plugged up and we want to have it straightened out,” Comenzo said.

In February, Rotterdam was awarded a $50,000 grant from the New York Department of State’s Long-Term Community Recovery Strategy Grant program, which will be used study drainage in Rotterdam Junction.

Comenzo said the town is looking to secure an engineering firm this summer to look at the varying elevations and study what current conditions are in the area.

Supervisor Harry Buffardi said the town has been in “preliminary discussions” with National Grid to serve as a partner in drainage improvements. He said National Grid is already looking along the same area to do trenching, which could be a $300,000 to $400,000 project.

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