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January 6, 2011

 

Pall likely to receive grant to expand

C’ville to use portion of $750K state grant for economic development loan fund

By JEREMY HOUGHTALING
Staff Reporter
jhoughtaling@cortlandstandardnews.net

CORTLANDVILLE — The Town Board received notice Wednesday that Pall Corp. could be receiving a $750,000 grant from the state, and that the Polkville water line project has received final approval for a separate grant.
Pall Corp. is expected to receive the state Community Development Block Grant to renovate part of the former Smith Corona typewriter factory on Route 13 for a company expansion.
Tupper said $16,000 of the $750,000 grant will go to Thoma Development Consultants for filing the paperwork, and 25 percent of the remaining $734,000, plus 3 percent interest — about $189,000 — will be repaid to the town over a five-year period, despite the funding originally coming from the state.
The money will be placed in the town’s community development fund, which loans money to small businesses and economic development projects. The other 75 percent is not required to be repaid as long as the job and investment goals are met.
Tupper said this is good for the town, since it will receive money and a building in the town will be renovated.
The new Pall division is expected to bring in 77 new jobs, and company has committed about $2.9 million for the expansion project in addition to the grant.
The town Planning Board approved in July owner David Yaman’s plan to construct a four-bay, 5,000-square-foot loading dock addition on the west side of this existing facility.
Yaman advised the Planning Board in June that he had three projects for the same building that he would like to start in August, one being the loading dock. The second would be improvement and expansion of the 42,000 square-foot office facility. The third would be renovations to the building’s facade.
The Town Board must hold two public hearings on the project. The first one is scheduled for Jan. 19, with another expected in early February.
The Town Board has also received final approval for the Polkville water line project.
Tupper said the request for bids from contractors should go out next month, and construction is expected to begin in April. The construction is projected to last about six months, ending in October. Tupper said the town has been waiting for final approval from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which was needed to get the green light from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The water line will extend from the city of Cortland’s water system into Polkville along Route 11, which town officials hope will encourage businesses to locate there.
The town plans to tie the new water line in to a 500-foot, 10-inch diameter pipe that supplies water to Intertek, ETL Semko along Route 11 just east of the city.
The new line would be about 2,000 feet long and supply city water along the Route 11 corridor and to businesses around Exit 10 of Interstate 81. The lines will also be run along Rural Avenue, Conable Avenue and the adjacent East River Road.
The town received a loan and grant, totaling $2.4 million, for the water line, which will cover the estimated cost. The loan is for $1 million over 38 years at 2.4 percent interest and the grant is for $1.4 million. The funds come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus money passed by Congress in 2009.
“This is great news right here,” said Board Member Ted Testa.
Board Member Ron Rocco said he expects the Polkville area to be the next big growth area for Cortlandville.
The USDA told Tupper in August that the water line project would be moved to its list of priority projects in New York, after the town had been notified in July that funds were not available for the project. Board Member John Proud was cautiously optimistic about the notices.
“We’ve heard before that we’re there,” he said, adding that he would not be surprised if there were still some final details that needed to be completed.
The board also awarded Everett J. Prescott Inc. of Syracuse as the winning bid for the new standardized water meters with transceivers and a fixed base network to receive the information. Prescott was the only qualified bidder, and had a bid price of $494,000.
The town expects to spread the cost over the budgets for 2011 and for 2012, with $300,000 each year. Every meter in the town — about 14,000 — will be replaced.
Proud said the costs for the meters was about what he expected.
“It’s not an inexpensive change, but it’s needed,” he said, adding that the change puts the town in good shape for the future.
The bid price does not include businesses which require larger meters. Tupper said he was not sure how many of those were in the town, but they will still need to be replaced. He said the town will recommend small businesses downsize to the smaller residential meters.
Tupper said the town would not subcontract the replacement of the meters.
Proud said he hopes the meters are installed as soon as possible, but said there was no timetable yet, as the town is still looking into what meters to replace first.
Tupper said once the meters are installed by members of the town Water Department, it will no longer be necessary for the meters to be manually read, since they can be read from a remote location. He said he hopes the antenna will be placed on top of the Water Department garage, if the elevation is high enough. Tupper said he did not expect any job cuts due to the new meters.

 

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