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CDGB funding used to resurface Railroad Avenue in Farnham

It took six years, but the Village of Farnham has secured Community Development Block Grant funding to resurface Railroad Avenue and a portion of Detroit Street.

The village will receive a sum of $94,582 through CDBG to go towards the total project cost of $151,973.70. The village will provide the remaining $57,391.20 for the project, which calls for the resurfacing of Railroad Avenue, 2,000 feet from Commercial to Norfolk & Southern Railroad, and 400 feet from Norfolk & Southern Railroad to the village line, as well as 1,100 feet of Detroit St.

“Thank you all very much,” Mayor Julie Gibbons said. “This is a project that has been a long time in the works. The entire board is enthusiastic about this project and we have had no opposition at all from any of the Board members on this. It’s a benefit for the whole community to be able to take advantage of these grant funds.”

The village has been submitting the resurfacing of Railroad and Detroit since 2007, when it was originally submitted by then Mayor Terry Caber.

Gibbons continued that the village has been assured by their engineer that this project is on track to be completed before the end of the year.

She added that the village receiving this funding means that they can now submit a new project for funding during the next CDBG funding cycle coming this fall.

“Since we got this funding we’ll also be able to submit for a new project for this fall’s round of CDBG funding. By accepting this now we can submit a new project the next time around.”

In other news:

• H. Olsen & Sons Contractors was awarded the bid to seal the Village Hall parking lot as well as the pathway at the park in the amount of $875.

• A resolution was approved amending the organizational meeting minutes to appoint Mark Burr as the village’s engineer.

The meeting was adjourned in memory of Rose Marie DeMaria, a former Brant Town Clerk of 28 years, who passed away recently.


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