HERKIMER — The Herkimer County Legislature has adopted a resolution to move forward with a lead-based paint compliance plan in coordination with the state Office of Community Renewal.
Herkimer County Administrator James Wallace said the resolution, which was adopted by all present board members during the Legislature’s quarterly meeting, was necessary to move forward with grants from the state office since it is now “mandated.”
“We needed a plan,” he said, noting several plans were reviewed and considered before making a decision.
The plan included in the resolution states exposure to lead-based paint has resulted in “adverse human health effects,” including irreversible brain damage, impaired brain function and slows mental and physical development.
Production of lead-based paint ended in 1957 and its use was banned in 1978. It also stated that according to the 2010 U.S. Census, 73 percent of the 33,832 housing units in Herkimer County were built before 1979, with the majority of these housing units being owner occupied structures.
The resolution states the plan “provides the requirements for lead-based paint compliance includes standard treatments, abatement, lead hazard screening, paint testing, evaluation and hazard reduction requirements.”
Wallace said the county had received Community Development Block Grants, which come from the state Office of Community Renewal, including one used for the Tractor Supply Co. project currently ongoing at the Frankfort 5S South Business Park.