Bloomville Village Council discusses grant for projects in the village

BLOOMVILLE –Charlene Watkins, executive director of the Seneca Regional Planning Commission, spoke to Bloomville council members Wednesday night about procuring a Community Development Block Grant for a number of projects in the village. The neighborhood revitalization grant worth up to $500,000 must have at least five projects such as sidewalk renewal, pool improvements, fire department equipment, road repairs and park improvements.

The village already qualifies for the grant since their latest income survey showed that 53.6 % of the residents were in the low to moderate income bracket. The county’s allocation grant would provide the village’s 25 % match for the CBDG funding.

A pre-application form is necessary to declare the village’s top five priorities in the next two weeks. Then another application with the specifications and costs from an engineer showing adherence to prevailing wages for workers must be submitted by June 14.

Watkins is to meet with the village grant committee at 7 p.m. Tuesday to start setting priorities for their application.

Watkins reminded council that the OSS Joint Solid Waste is no longer issuing grants.

Mayor Dave Auble said that former lifeguards Lexy Willman and Kayla McDonnell have volunteered to serve as co-managers for the swimming pool this summer. They report having four lifeguards and two cage workers signed up. Councilman Joe Kelbley, a Bloom Township EMT, volunteered to conduct the CPR training, if necessary.

Resident Mike Whitman, the owner of a property on College Street, would like to make renovations to the building. Originally built as a home in 1952, the building has been used for storage and he would like to transform it back into a home.

It was explained to him that he must go through the process of filling out a zoning application for the change which will probably be turned down if it doesn’t meet the code. He must then fill out a variance application for his appeal which will be posted in the newspaper for public awareness. The appeals board has 40 days to set a hearing for the issue and has another 40 days to declare their decision.

In other business, council:

• Approved paying the bills.

• Reminded that the village office will be closed Good Friday.

• Announced the American Legion sponsored Easter Egg Hunt is 11 am, Saturday near the Beeghly Park shelter house.

• Heard the Memorial Day parade lines up on West Haven St. at 9:30 a.m. and steps off at 10 a.m., followed by a service at Veterans Memorial Park. The Lions Club is serving refreshments after the ceremony. Any interested party wishing to participate in the parade may contact the mayor or the village office.

• Approved the resolution establishing pool rates and setting hourly pay rates for lifeguards and lifeguards-in-training/cage workers. The same pool rates apply this year. Individual pass is $25; general admission- $4 after 6 p.m., $2 wading pool, $2 children and children under 3 free. A 90-minute pool party is to be $100, swim lesson with pass is to be $20, swim lesson without a pass is to be $35.

• Heard the contract with the Big Sticks Ball Association has been signed and learned the organization has spent between $2,000 and $2,500 on improvements for the field and storage shed

• Heard the mayor remind council members to thank community members when witnessed doing good deeds

The next meeting is to be 7 p.m. May 1.