Town of Potsdam getting $427K in road funds from state budget
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 9:28 am

Updated 9:56 a.m. April 11, 2018

By CRAIG FREILICH

POTSDAM – The Town of Potsdam will receive nearly $427,000 in road maintenance funding from the state budget that will be on par with previous years, but one program might not be funded next year.

The town will get $55,000 in Winter Recovery money, which was not certain before the budget was approved, according to town Highway Superintendent John Keleher, who sppokemat Tuesday's Town Council meeting. It was not in the planned budget when the town decided on its its road maintenance plan for the year in February, so more work is expected.

Two standing programs were funded.

The town will get $1,500 more this year from the state Department of Transportation Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) program, for a total of $305,508.18 under this program, Keleher said.

Also expected is $66,311.38 from the PAVE-NY program, for rehabilitation and reconstruction of local roads, but Keleher said he believes this will be last funding round under that program, which was originally originally slated by the state to run through 2020.

The total of these road funding payments is $426,819.56.

Keleher also reported that the dump truck that the town received a $100,000 grant for is being fitted out for a plow and is expected to be delivered in May.