MOHAWK — The Mohawk village board voted Monday to hire Stropp Appraisal, of Brewerton, to appraise properties in the village that were approved for the Federal Emergency Management Agency flood buyout program.
Stropp Appraisal proposed to do the work for $15,200, according to Superintendent of Public Works Mike Shedd.
He said Jessica Breiten, of the Herkimer-Oneida Counties Comprehensive Planning Program, had reviewed the proposals that were submitted and recommended Stropp on the basis of the firm’s experience and its planned turn-around time.
The board also authorized Mayor James Baron to sign an agreement with Templeton Landscape Architects for $15,000 for administration and tracking of the FEMA buyout program.
FEMA included 16 properties in the village in a $1.9 million buyout plan.
The village had included a total of 29 homes on its application.
The village board conducted a "kickoff" meeting last month for the buyout program. Baron said the goal was to have all of the work, including site restoration, completed by December 2017. He said the village would contact all of the homeowners to determine whether or not they are still interested in selling their property.
Any buildings on property the village buys under the program would be razed; nothing could be built there and the property could not be resold. The goal of the buyout program is to reduce the risk of flooding by demolishing homes that are in harm's way.
The June 2013 flood damaged a number of homes in the village, with the area along Fulmer Creek among those especially hard hit. Some houses have not been occupied since that time.
Shedd also asked the board to take action on several other flood-related projects.
He reported that Andrew Steele, co-supervisor of the village’s electric, water and sewer departments, met with National Grid and Barton & Loguidice regarding the placement of the village’s electrical substation, which was damaged in the 2013 flood. The proposed project would put the substation in a location where it would be more resilient in the case of more flooding. Shedd said National Grid would bill the village for $10,000 to move from the planning to implementation process.
The board also approved paying additional fees to Barton & Loguidice due to changing state Department of Transportation requirements for the West Main Street culvert project. The costs include additional mapping at a cost of $1,500, a cultural resource investigation for $4,578.90, an additional $3,000 currently spent and a $3,000 rider to cover future issues with DOT for a total of $12,078.
The additional costs would be reimbursed under the grant programs, according to Shedd.
In other business
The board approved an agreement with Templeton Landscape Architects for $53,917 for the Park at Fulmer Green Plain North and $20,365 for the Department of State Grant Administration Trail and Boardwalk.
The board also authorized payments to Templeton for several grants.
The board voted to adopt a full Environmental Assessment Form of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and authorize the mayor to sign it and approved State Environmental Quality Review resolutions.