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'Shovel-ready' projects await stimulus funds

TRI-COUNTY AREA—The term “shovel-ready” is appearing more and more, especially with stimulus funds promised to be used for such projects.
“Shovel ready” projects are ones that are ready to start. The Web site for New York’s guide to the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ( lists the latest developments for the state’s stimulus funds. This includes a draft list of submitted “shovel ready” project proposals. Even though the projects are listed on the Web site does not mean they have been selected for stimulus funds. They have been submitted by municipalities, organizations or individuals.
In Yates County, the projects range from water and sanitation projects to office facilities.
The submitted roadwork projects include replacing water and sanitary pipes at Seneca Street in Dundee and another on Union Street. According to the request, Seneca Street has undergone cracking and has limited closed drainage. The Union Street project is for replacement of a water main.
The Yates County Highway Facilities is also on the project list for $8,600,000. The project would be for new highway facilities for fleet maintenance, truck storage and offices. The structures would also be made handicap accessible, energy efficient, upgrade the septic and replace outdated mechanical systems.
Keuka College is also requesting $75,000 to improve the lighting on campus. The request says high pressure sodium lighting would improve security, lower energy costs and reduce light pollution.
A second Keuka College project is the Weed Physical Arts Center. The requested money is $2,100,000 for repairs and renovations. Another $2,600,000 was requested for renovations of Davis and Saunders Residence Halls. The project would include repainting and update the bathrooms.
Keuka Lake School is on the list to purchase and renovate an existing building. According to the request, the project would create 14 new jobs at the school and 25 construction jobs over six months.
Getting broadband into northern Yates County is also on the project list.
In Schuyler County, the submitted projects range from BOCES buildings to bridge work. A total of five Greater Southern Tier BOCES projects were suggested, three for buildings. In Montour Falls, The Montour House and West Main Street are also on the list for a requested $465,000.
The road work includes proposed projects of Route 224 Catharine Creek for bridge work and Route 226 Tobehanna Creek. The South Genesee Road over Catharine Creek was another project.
County Route 16 is listed five times. The first is for Route 16, Baker Hill Road to Townsend Road. The money requested for that project is $309,000. That stretch of Route 16 is listed a second time for pavement resurfacing, for the same amount. Another is $725,000 for a bridge replacement. The other projects are also for guardrail and also an overlay.
Schuyler Hospital’s Information Technology Implementation Project is on the list. The requested amount is $3,000,000.
The Arc of New York State is also listed because the organization wants to make four residence buildings in the county more energy efficient.
Though no exact location is given, there is a flood control project on the list. The requested amount is $245,000 to install a series of retention ponds to help slow water in the area.
Other projects on the list are a shared public works facility, raw water intake facility and the formation of a consolidated water district. Two projects combined with Yates County are for paving, no location given again, and also for work on Route 14 in Reading.

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