NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. - The New Hartford town board discussed plans for flood mitigation and what they are doing to help with flood damage in Chadwicks during its meeting Wednesday night.
New Hartford Town Supervisor Paul Miscione says the town is taking steps to address flooding in the area.
The town board voted to hire an engineering company, Dunn & Sgromo Engineers, to survey the Chadwicks and Washington Mills area to identify where the flooding issues are and how to solve the problem.
"This is a comprehensive plan that shows the whole area instead of doing little band-aids on certain areas," Miscione said. "It's going to do everything and show where the water flow is, where the issues are and where the impacts are, so that's the key of this, it's a comprehensive plan of the whole area, of all 16 water sheds."
Officials say they are focusing on repairs and developing plans to mitigate future flooding issues, including the Sauquoit Creek flood basin.
"The key is to find out where the water is coming from and what needs to be done to channel it properly because that's really what it's all about, if the water has somewhere to go its not going to come into your house," Tim Quinn, a Chadwicks resident said.
Over 50 people attended the meeting Wednesday night. Residents and business owners shared how they have been impacted by the flooding and others were there to get an update on what the town is doing to help.
Oneida county officials were also at tonight's meeting commending the town's plans for this study.
"I think it's very important that the town of New Hartford is doing the study because the whole Sauquoit Creek Basin is what floods the reisdents here and the residents in Whitestown so this is a great step," Jim Donofrio, an Oneida County Legislature said.
The study could take three to six months before it's complete, but the town supervisor says they're hoping to have it done by spring.
after the study is done, the town can then apply for state and county grants.
The town supervisor is also looking to work with FEMA and explore possible buyout options for properties completley destroyed by the flooding.
The town board also agreed to waive all fees required for certain work permits for those affected by the floods, like building permits, fencing permits, and shed permits.