Archive for August 26th, 2010

I’ll be hosting a public forum on Tuesday, August 31st at Amsterdam High School Cafeteria to discuss the proposed pedestrian bridge designs. Honored guests speakers will be Congressman Paul Tonko and NYS Canal Corporation Director Carmella Mantello. Residents will view a video presentation featuring current and future waterfront projects and will be given the opportunity to query architects and engineers from Saratoga Associates and the NYS Thruway Authority. Votes will be gathered to assist in making final design recommendations. The meeting will begin at 6pm. Participants should park in front of the school and enter through the front door as the parking lot is being resurfaced.

Bring your friends and family. This is an exciting project for Amsterdam.

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We need peeps to roll out base primer for a HUGE mural of the American Flag this Saturday! Please spend a couple of hours with us dusting off the east entrance to the City. Starts at 10am. Ladders and rollers with extensions appreciated. Paint, encouragement and laughter supplied.

Call 841-4311 to volunteer. Amsterdam NEEDS YOU!

Update: Much to our disappointment, the paint on the building was found to be too badly compromised to paint over and will have to be tested for lead. We will look into this while the artist may choose another site. Keep tuned, we’ll need your help when the time comes.

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New York State announced today that the City of Amsterdam received a $600,000 CDBG grant award to make improvements to our water distribution system. After a tragic fire last March, staff and I had drafted an action plan to address the ongoing problems of the aging system. Over the past year, we made our grant request, we’d been working on policies and procedures, and making incremental progress identifying areas of need.

Thanks to the efforts of our partners at McDonald Engineering and successful Grant Writer Nick Zabawsky, we have been awarded the maximum amount allowed in this competetive round to make important improvements to our hydrants, valves and water mains. Bravo!

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