County and city projects win state funding

The relocation of several county departments, an elevated pedestrian boardwalk at the Chalmers Mills development, as well as a cooperative project to encourage kayaking on the Mohawk River, were just three of the nine projects in Montgomery County for which funding was announced today as part of New York State’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

The largest award of $2 million in funding will go toward a project to re-locate the Montgomery County Business Development Center and the Department of Public Works out of the Mohawk River floodplain to the Glen Canal Business Park. The project will consolidate several satellite DPW offices with the goal of increasing efficiency of emergency service operations during storm events.

A $150,000 award secured by the Montgomery County Business Development Center will go toward an elevated boardwalk and community space that will be part of the $34 million Chalmers Mills project proposed by KCG Development to be built on the City of Amsterdam’s south side. The boardwalk will connect to the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook pedestrian bridge and run west along the south bank of the Mohawk River. The developer envisions the space will be used to host culinary classes, arts displays, crafts and other community events. The project was previously awarded $1 million in funding last year.

$148,740 was awarded to Montgomery County for a project to create long and short-term kayak storage at waterfront areas at the City of Amsterdam, Fonda, St. Johnsville, and Canajoharie. Additionally, the award funds a floating kayak launch compliant with the American with Disabilities Act, as well as other programs and signage to help encourage recreational use of the Mohawk River.

The City of Amsterdam received a $30,000 award for a engineering study to evaluate and identify improvements to the wastewater treatment plant.

Other awards in Montgomery County include:

  • $100,000 for the Nelliston Brewery, a new microbrewery producing handcrafted microbrews with a focus on Bavarian style beers.
  • $30,000 for an engineering report to evaluate sewer upgrades at the
    Fonda Fair grounds
  • $200,000 for the Montgomery County Microenterprise Assistance program.
  • $203,580 to the Town of Amsterdam for a new salt storage facility. The new facility will be further away from a municipal well and other nearby waters in an effort to prevent contamination.
  • $750,000 to the Village of Fort Plain for replacing deteriorated sewer lines and other sewer system work.

Click here for a full list of projects which were awarded funding.


Tim Becker

Tim Becker is the owner of Anthem Websites Inc. which publishes The Compass. He serves as both editor and a writer.