Corning Manor Upgrades
September 19, 2013
TOWN OF CORNING -- (WENY) The Corning Manor water system needs some necessary improvements, but it could cost up to $600,000. The Town of Corning board wants to apply for a grant that would help with some, if not all of the cost.
Corning Manor's 1950's water system is in dire need of an upgrade.
"They need 5,000 feet of pipe that's asbestos made that needs to go to steel. They need some improvements on their pumps and they need new meters. There is an old tank that needs to come down too," said Kim Feehan, Town of Corning Supervisor.
This recommended upgrade from the State Department of Health has a price tag of $600,000. The Town is looking to cover those costs with the help of two different grants, one of which could cover the entire cost. But they can't do it without the help of those in the neighborhood.
"We need 90% of the people to respond to the survey. So its very important that we get everyone to answer the survey and get them off to us," said Jeffery Smith, President of Municipal Solutions.
If they can prove that 51% or more of people in the community are low income then they will give them the grant. But some neighbors we talked to didn't want to fill out the application. Saying they don't want the town to know their incomes.
Feehan added, "municple solutions will be the entity providing and actually doing and processing the survey and they get all the data."
If they can't get the survey's in, they'll have to look for other ways to pay for the upgrades. Possibly adding $24.00 per month to their water bill for the next 38 years. But most at the meeting say the work needs to be done.
"Its been here since the 1950's. Nothings been done, no upgrades. A few things (have been done), new tank some hydrants, so it's time," said Paul Simonson, of Corning Manor.
They hope to get the surveys completed by this January and apply for the grants next summer. If they get the grants, work could start in spring 2015.