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2018-05-15 / News

Some Walton Streets Will Be Repaved

By Melissa Johns

Resident Keith Davis was in the audience at the village of Walton board meeting on May 7. He inquired about future plans for the vacant building that the town’s bowling alley once inhabited.

An investor is looking to restore the business. The village council applied for a grant through Restore NY to assist with renovation costs but was denied.

“We’re not giving up on it,” said Mayor Edward Snow, who plans to apply for two other upcoming grants in July for this project. However, according to Snow, the investor will move forward with or without grants.

Davis also questioned the status of a bill regarding the proposed biodigester project that has now been put aside, owed to Delaware Engineering. Snow said there will be no grant assistance with this and that the debt will be paid by the people of Walton.

Code Enforcement Official Stephen Dutcher spoke on the recent 12 Bruce Street fire. “The house is pretty much completely destroyed,” he said. From a safety perspective, he’d like to see what’s left of the house to be taken down sooner rather than later. He contacted the owner of the residence who, “fully intends to get that on the ground and removed as quickly as possible.” Currently, demolition is on hold until emergency services and insurance company processes are completed and the house is released.

Dutcher has been involved with training through New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Communities Program. This program requires communities to complete four “high impact actions” before they can apply for grants to fund projects relating to clean energy. Walton has so far completed three of those actions.

“It is the village’s intention, once qualified, to apply for a $50,000 grant to convert the street lights to LED, which would drastically reduce our energy usage and, ultimately, our energy bill,” said Dutcher.

Trustee Steve Condon mentioned several streets to be paved in the upcoming months, including Benton Avenue and streets William, Townsend, Griswold, New and Orchard. Paving dates are to be determined still.

Repair dates for Shepard Street also remain undetermined. Work cannot proceed until the SAM Grant agreement from Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) is received, according to Bill Brown with Delaware Engineering. The grant will award $100,000 toward repairs. In the meantime, Brown said he’s looking at different options to try and address the issues the best he can and make the street and guide rails safe.

Next month’s village board meeting will be held on Monday, June 4 at 6 p.m. on 21 North Street in Walton.

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