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Picente asking legislature to set aside $500,000 for flood mitigation
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente stood in front of a ravine in New Hartford Monday morning to make an announcement.
He chose the site just off of Wills Drive, because it had recently undergone some major flood mitigation work, "Detention pond was put in, a culvert was put in, a retention pond was put in so that it would not overflow and those are the kind of projects we're looking for."
Monday morning Picente announced he is asking the Oneida County legislature to set aside $500,000 to address public works projects in the municipalities that were severely impacted by the storm water runoff or flooding from their waterways or bodies of water, "Flooding occurs as a result of a natural disaster, there's nothing we can do about it. However, there are things we can do to prevent the damages that it causes."
Picente says municipalities can apply to the county for a 50/50 match, "If the town has a project that they're working on to mitigate the storm damages and runoff that will cause further damage or could cause further damages, the county will join in and supply half of that cost with them. It's our way of working together with our local municipalities to try to alleviate these concerns and these issues."
David Glenn, the chairman of the Sauquoit Creek Basin Inter-municipal Commission says the commission continues to work on flood mitigation projects and is happy to hear there may be more money out there to help with even more mitigation, "This is great news, this is fabulous news, this will help us start proceeding further into the future to see what we can look at to see where the problems are."
The legislature may take up the issue at its next meeting on Wednesday.