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Evans considers suggestions for block grant funding

EVANS — The Evans Town Board invited suggestions from residents as to what projects the town should submit for this Community Development Block Grant funding period, during a public hearing on Oct. 2.

“I’m just curious; what are we looking for to improve at the pool,” Pam Jaroszewski asked. “I know we are looking for grants, but what are you going to be doing with those monies?”

Supervisor Keith Dash replied that town officials are looking to update the facility in question. “We have some issues with handicap accessibility [and] we have some general maintenance problems that need to be repaired, which include the ladder at the pool,” he said, “actually going into the water, as well as an antiquated pump system. We have a roof that needs some attention – and the list goes on. We have a ton of things we need to attend to.”

Dash turned to Community Development Director Lori Szewczyk, for further clarification.

“For the purpose of this particular grant, we would be focusing on handicap accessibility improvements to the entrance, the changing rooms and the bathrooms,” Szewczyk said.

Ed Schneider gave the board his annual request for a basketball court at Lake Erie Beach Park. He then suggested that the existing sidewalks on Kennedy Avenue be brought up to specifications from the American Disabilities Act.

“There’s gravel over the sidewalks all the time,” he said. “There are cracks and breaks in the sidewalk that, when you’re walking or in a wheelchair, it’s almost impossible to get through.”

The town’s CDBG priority list for last year’s funding period was Kennedy Avenue Greenway Streetscape Project (Phase II), South Creek/John K. Thompson Pool ADA improvements and Rural/Transit Services.

In 2011, the town’s CDBG priority list was officially submitted as the town’s senior center, the village of Angola Public Library expansion and Rural/Transit Service.

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