MOHAWK — The Mohawk Village Board of Trustees discussed progress with two different Dormitory Authority of the State of New York grants during a meeting Tuesday.
One DASNY grant is going toward a new police command trailer, which the board agreed to have bids returned to them by Tuesday, Nov. 13, when the board plans to meet.
Mayor Jim Baron said the bids should be advertised in larger circulation publications.
Police Chief Joseph Malone said the trailer should include plugs for work stations so police officers can operate equipment and a flat screen TV, if it can be donated.
The board authorized Baron last month to sign paperwork for the next step in the DASNY grant process to obtain funding for the trailer.
He said the trailer will be able to serve multiple departments. "Mohawk is during the legwork, but it’s a county-wide emergency response trailer," said Baron during a telephone interview.
Also during the meeting, Fire Chief Jeff Sitterly reported on a DASNY grant approved for use by the fire department. "[We have to] go back to square one," he said.
To move forward with the grant at this point, Sitterly said the department would need state Assemblyman Brian Miller, R-New Hartford, to sponsor it.
"He’s been very supportive," said Sitterly, of Miller.
"He seems he wants to help," said Baron.
The grant would allow for the department to purchase rescue equipment, including air bags that would act as stabilizers for vehicles in accident situations.
Sitterly couldn’t be reached for further comment as to why the department needed to start over with the grant process and Baron declined to comment on it Friday.
In other business, the pavilion at the Mohican Wetlands Park recently had some improvements. Baron reported during the meeting that the gutters and flashing have been completed.
Baron also said the village is still holding onto a check before paying a contractor for work they did on a concrete pad at the pavilion. He said there is a crack in the concrete and the village is waiting to hear from the company’s engineers on whether it’s a structural or cosmetic issue. He said he expects to hear from the contractor by Monday.
The construction of the pavilion was part of a state grant to make improvements to the park, including new ball fields. Baron said this recent work was "really the last of the big work to do."