MALONE — The village received a Community Development Block Grant, Friday, totaling $500,000, to go towards home repairs in the village.
Trustees discussed the grant, at a workshop Wednesday morning, which will go toward building rehabilitation in the village.
“It’s a big win for us,” Mayor Andre Dumas said, “It’s a good thing for our community, we have had a lot of people already reach out to put in their applications.”
Dumas said funds can go towards making health and safety improvements to homes, addressing code violations, and adding energy improvements.
“It can go towards doors, roofs, furnaces, and windows,” Dumas said.
Trustees worked with Friends of the North Country, a social services organization based in Cadyville, to secure the development funds.
Trustee Matthew Boyea said he was excited the village received the grant funding.
“It’s great we got that, it’s fantastic,” Boyea said.
Trustees authorized the village’s grant application in February, after a public hearing on the CDBG project.
Trustee Norman Bonner said the funds are made available on an income dependent basis.
Funding from the grant can go towards low- to moderate-income housing in the village, with eligible buildings including single-family, owner-occupied homes.
The village of Malone is not the only Franklin County municipality to received CBDG funds recently, with Westville also receiving a $500,000 grant to go towards the purchase of mobile home replacements, last week.
At February’s public hearing 55 households in the village were deemed to meet the basic qualifications of the grant funding program, according to Susan Picard, a grant coordinator for Friends of the North Country.
As a sub-recipient of the grant Friends of the North Country will take care of all necessary paperwork and permitting, according to Picard.
During severe weather Tuesday evening, the graphic wrap covering the exterior of the Gorman Building on West Main Street fell off.
“The wrap blew off the side of the Gorman Building, it did knock a couple of blocks off, and that is something we are going to have to have code take a look at today,” Dumas said, “It is very concerning, I am concerned with the safety of our street and our community with those blocks falling off.”
According to Dumas, Citizen Advocates is waiting on permitting from the state to remove the building.
“They are ready to take action as soon as the state comes back to them,” Dumas said.
Dumas said as soon as paving gets started the village will pave Elm Street, and estimated work will start in early August.
“We have had a lot of calls on Elm Street, people are very concerned with the two lips on each end,” Dumas said, “We milled deeper because we have had so many issues on Elm Street.”