Getting money back for a bill that’s already been paid may sound like a fantasy, but that’s exactly what’s happening in the town of Hanover concerning last spring’s Cattaraugus Creek dredging project.
Dean Marine & Excavating, out of the Detroit, Michigan area, did the work back then. The company also dug out the harbor in Dunkirk, combining the two projects for one trip across Lake Erie. That travel is partially what made the undertaking so expensive — it took about two days for all of the equipment to chug into hometown waters.
To dredge both areas cost about $400,000, and of course the two municipalities shared the burden. After one generous grant, though, and another looking likely, the town of Hanover’s portion will be just about paid back.
“The first grant, for (the amount of) $75,000, came through Sen. Catherine Young’s office,” said Highway Superintendent Steve D’Angelo. “That was very helpful; that one we’ve gotten. But, then, when I was filing the paperwork for that one, (I was told) about another grant for $75,000 that (Hanover) might be able to get.”
Since D’Angelo had just obtained all of the necessary information for the first grant, he went ahead and filed it again for the second grant.
“The second $75,000 is through the NYS Grant Gateway,” he said. “(We were told) that we had a very good chance of getting that one, too.”
At the Hanover Town Board meeting earlier this week, officials had good news on the agenda.
“The town board hereby authorizes Councilman Louis Pelletter to execute the $75,000 grant through the NYS Grant Gateway for the town of Hanover dredging project,” read Deputy Supervisor Kevin O’Connell.
As one may guess, that resolution passed unanimously, though Supervisor Todd Johnson was out sick.
“We are 100 percent sure that we got the first ($75,000) grant, and for the second, we’re about 95 percent sure,” D’Angelo explained to the OBSERVER. “We just have to sign the paperwork and get that filed.”
Budget Officer Elmar Kiefer said the entire $150,000 will go back into the town’s general fund, and will be reserved for any future dredging needs.
“Those funds get earmarked for specific reasons,” he said. “They are put in reserve until they are needed, or until the board dissolves that reserve. There will always be dredging needs … The channel down by the boat launch was dredged about 10 years before it had to be done again. It fills in over time.”
So, with a cleared-out creek and $150,000 expected in the town’s coin purse for dredging, officials and boaters alike can admire and enjoy the Hanover Town Boat Launch for years to come!