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Mayor: Grant Money Will Help Greenport During Planning Phases

With several projects just in the planning stages in the village, Dave Nyce says he’s more than happy about the grant money recently awarded by the state.

Along with Southold Town, Satur Farms and the East End tourism industry, Greenport Village was another winner of grant funding from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council last month.

The village will receive $288,000 to transform ends of roadways to prevent polluted runoff and another $186,000 to fund studies, as the village has several projects in the planning phase: $92,600 regarding replacing a deteriorating bulkhead at Mitchell Park Marina, $48,000 for sewage expansion projects, and $45,000 for an economic development study analyzing the benefits of the Greenport Tall Ships Festival and similar events.

Though some Patch readers questioned the expense of the studies, Greenport Mayor David Nyce said that the money is needed as planning phases — which include feasibility studies — of any municipal project are expensive.

“Getting everything properly prepared before the work happens is the second-most expensive part of any project — permit, engineering costs,” the mayor said. “We’re a hardship community and these grants are for those who can’t necessarily fund these things on their own.”

Nyce said that the village is always looking for help to upgrade and expand Greenport’s sewage system, as sections of town east and west of the system are not yet connected.

“Expansion would be a great thing for Greenport environmentally and economically,” he said.

Jason Conwall, senior press officer for Empire State Development, agreed that environmentally related studies are an important and proper use of state funds.

“These studies look into the cleanliness and quality of public water supplies, including the state of sewage infrastructure to ensure there is no threat to the health and safety of those living in the community,” he said.

These grant funds will also allow the village to stay away from borrowing in order to pay for studies themselves moving forward, Nyce said.

“Tying back into the bigger fiscal picture, the village is pretty stable right now, funds are holding their own,” he said. “We were lucky enough to get all the grants we applied for, but we do have a very good history with the state, starting a long time ago — we are one of the earliest local waterfront revitalization programs in the state.”

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fisherman January 11, 2013 at 06:27 AM
45,000 dollars to do a study on the benefits of the tall ships, are you kidding me is anybody else think that is a waste of money have you seen the roads in greenport lately
Gary M Charters January 11, 2013 at 12:48 PM
I'd like to meet Mr. & Mrs. Grant then maybe we'd find out where they got all their money?
Frank T January 11, 2013 at 02:05 PM
I agree with DF, stop wasting money on useless studies and pay for infrastructure projects instead.
Cyn F January 11, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Why would it cost 45k to do a study on the economic benefits of the tall ship celebration? I'm an accountant and i can tell you officially that is an unreasonable amount of money. What do you say Mr Mayor?
John January 11, 2013 at 04:44 PM
"Why would it cost 45k to do a study on the economic benefits of the tall ship celebration?" It's simple the Mayor is not smart enough to know (without a consultant telling him) that if you bring 50,000 additional people to a Village that has a tourist based economy the businesses that caters to those tourist will flourish. Unfortunately what he refuses to admit is not all business in Greenport cater to tourist and like the average taxpayer/resident receive no benefit.

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