Replacing water lines on Green Street in Eden is the main objective of the Town Board as it seeks funding as part of the annual Community Development Block Grant.
“The pipes are getting old,” Eden Town Supervisor Glenn R. Nellis said during Wednesday’s board meeting.
According to the supervisor, the pipes are nearly 60 years old and are showing signs of age, including leaking. The town is seeking funding on the recommendation of the Erie County Water Authority.
Nellis explained to the audience during a public hearing that block grant funding is a federal program under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The program is administered locally by Erie County, and Eden is part of a consortium of 14 towns applying for grant money, Nellis said.
The supervisor said that there are three committees made up of supervisors who visit towns and look at proposed projects seeking funding. Nellis said his group, which includes others from the Southtowns, visits the Northtowns. Another group visits the Southtowns, while a third group visits the central towns in Erie County.
There is a scoring system, and each committee member must give a score to each project as to how important they see the projects.
Once that is completed, each committee reviews the projects and averages of the scores help determine which ones get priority, Nellis said.
Nellis noted that is not easy for the town to receive block grant funds because a level of low to moderate income level in the area of the proposed project must be 43 percent or higher. As a result, the town must perform income surveys in order for projects to qualify, Nellis said.
The supervisor said he was “pretty confident it’s going to be above 43 percent.”
The committees will begin reviewing the proposed projects after Oct. 28, which is the deadline for towns to ask for funding for their respective projects.
Also in Eden, Highway Superintendent Ronald A. Maggs said he expects to receive a copy of a snowplowing agreement between Erie County and municipalities. This new agreement would allow the highway department to plow county roads and get reimbursement.
The three-year pact, beginning this winter, would call for towns to get a 3 percent increase each year of the deal. The terms of the deal were settled almost three weeks ago.