FRANKFORT — Three local business owners will receive reimbursement for improvements they made to their businesses under a grant program.

The village board voted last week to reimburse the owners with funds available in a village account pending reimbursement under an Empire State Development Corporation grant program.

Under the program, businesses in the eligible area — between Reese Road and Cemetery Street — were offered the opportunity to seek a grant of up to $5,000 to make improvements to storefronts, such as painting, reconstruction or remodeling, sign improvement or property improvement.

A minimum 25 percent cash match is required under the program.

Three local business owners went ahead with improvements, but have been waiting for reimbursement. Two of the business owners attended a village board meeting several months ago to complain they were still waiting for funding. Village officials explained the village had been awarded the grant but did not yet have the money from the Empire State Development Corporation.

Electronic payments

Village residents will soon be able to pay utility bills electronically again.

Last year the village board had approved the use of Acculynk for electronic payment of utility bills, but village employees complained of problems with the new system.

The board recently decided to switch back to Govpay instead.

The system is not expected to go live until the end of September, according to Village Clerk Karlee Tamburro.

Fire department

Fire Chief Charles Conigliaro reported the Mohawk Valley Regional Fire Safety and Emergency Expo is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the Herkimer County Fairgrounds in Frankfort.

He said a number of fire departments and other organizations have already signed up to participate. He is working to encourage high school and college students to take part.

He said the department has one bunk-in student from Herkimer County Community College for the fall. He also reported a pumper truck would need repair due to damage caused by human error. He was looking into insurance coverage.

In other business

Mayor Richard Adams asked Budget Officer Starr Mizerak to include funding for a lineman’s helper for the electric department in the budget to ensure the village has trained personnel available when current employees retire.

It was noted a resident asked to have a utility pole that was bordering his driveway moved, but decided against it when he was informed he would have to pay for the work. Board members said if the pole had been leaning or needed repairs, the village would have taken care of it at no charge to the property owner.

The next village board meeting will be held on Sept. 22 because the Conference of Mayors meeting in Saratoga will take place the previous week, when the board would usually meet. Adams reported a representative from Barton and Loguidice would present the board with an update regarding the sanitary sewer project. Trustee Peggy Maneen asked that a public information session regarding this and other projects be scheduled. Adams said he would talk to the engineers about it and schedule a public session for late winter, shortly before the work is scheduled to get under way. He said he planned to have a "project" page available on the village website to keep residents updated.

The mayor reported he and Trustee Colleen Bentley-Ciccone had met with a cleaning company and the company agreed to do a "deep cleaning" at the village hall, including shampooing carpets and buffing floors.

Adams also reported he had spoken to the court system and two individuals who have been sentenced to community service would be available to do some work at the village marina.