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Updated: January 2020
The Aqueduct Advisory Committee had met and decided to apply for a Save America’s Treasures grant prior to the December 19th announcement of a $650,000 REDC grant award to Montgomery County. An AAC subcommittee held discussion in late November to hammer out some of the details for the SAT grant and submitted the application on December 10th. If awarded those funds, along with the REDC monies, the stabilization project for the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct looks well on its way to fruition. To further enthuse supporters of this project, a recent announcement by the NYS Governors office states that funding will be provided to create a hospitality destination at Guy Park Manor as well as a pedestrian bridge over the Erie Canal Lock 11 in Amsterdam.
Reported by the Amsterdam Recorder, “The Mohawk Valley was one of the five regional councils designated as a ‘Top Performer.’ The five top performers were awarded a share of $100 million in additional Empire State Development grant funding to support priority projects, according to the Governor’s Office. Funds awarded to projects within Montgomery County totaled $3,991,959 through the latest round… The Schoharie Crossing Stabilization project received funds through two different applicants, $600,000 from Montgomery County and Montgomery County Business Development Center with $50,000. Stabilization and restoration work is needed at the aqueduct at the Schoharie Crossing, which is part of the original Erie Canal constructed in the 1840s. The aqueduct was also recognized by the Preservation League of New York State on its 2018 Seven to Save list.”
Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort was reported as stating, “The Schoharie Crossing Stabilization project to see that be awarded is very exciting for me because it is one of the treasures we have in the county…”
Ossenfort added that ‘the stabilization project is also seeking a $500,000 federal grant to bring the funds up to over $1 million… I have always said Montgomery County is a great place to live, work and play and we are trying to improve each one of those and I think these awards you see a very diverse group of projects from recreation to historic preservation to economic development’”
The Aqueduct Advisory Committee will continue meeting in to plan for the future of the Aqueduct.
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