The Communal Council approves the participation in the program of access to water for low-income households
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The Syracuse Common Council has approved the city’s participation in a program that prevents low-income households from losing access to clean water and wastewater.
New York State’s Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) would help households that pay a high proportion of their income to drinking water and wastewater providers to avoid a loss of these services.
Announced by Governor Kathy Hochul as part of the state’s Office of Temporary Help and Persons with Disabilities, the program has made nearly $ 70 million in federal funding available to low-income households since Wednesday.
The program is expected to last until September 2023.
The board also approved the $ 2 million American Rescue Plan Act fund allocation to invest in commercial properties. The funds will be used to modernize the storefronts on the ground floor in Syracuse. Eligible applicants can receive up to $ 100,000 or 50% of the total cost of the renovation, whichever amount comes first.
The Common Council has already approved ARPA funds, allocated by Congress to cities across the country to address the continued impact of COVID-19, for parks, public safety and digital infrastructure.
The council approved an agreement with Onondaga County to apply for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant. Grant proceeds, if accepted, would be used to purchase law enforcement equipment requested by the Syracuse Police Department and the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office.
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The grant, named after an officer killed in the line of duty, offers state and local law enforcement jurisdictions to apply for federal funding. SPD and the Sheriff’s Office would each receive $ 54,100 if granted the grant.
The city will also receive $ 200,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Firefighter Assistance Grant to purchase firefighting hoses and nozzles.
Council approved a proposal for JSK Snow Services to provide snow removal services for 100 miles of sidewalks from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, under a contract valued at $ 650,000. The Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council and the Department of Public Works will determine the routes of the service.
The city has entered into an agreement with Azteca Systems LLC to monitor and maintain the city’s water supply infrastructure for a period of three years. The total cost of the contract was $ 198,000.
The board also approved a contract totaling $ 581,000 for C&S Engineers Inc. to oversee the preliminary design of a project to replace and rehabilitate the East Brighton Avenue Bridge on the New York Railways, Susquehanna and Western.
Posted on December 6, 2021 at 10:15 p.m.
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