The Village of Athens will hold a public hearing on July 14, 2021 at 6:30pm at the Athens Volunteer Fire Department (39 Third St., Athens, NY) for the purpose of hearing public comments on the community development needs, and to discuss the possible submission of one or more Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) applications for the 2021 program year. The CDBG program is administered by the New York State Office of Community Renewal (OCR), and will make available to eligible local governments approximately $20 million for the 2021 program year for housing, economic development, public facilities, public infrastructure, and planning activities, with the principal purpose of benefitting low/moderate income persons. The hearing will provide further information about the CDBG program and will allow for citizen participation in the development of any proposed grant applications and/or to provide technical assistance to develop alternate proposals. Comments on the CDBG program or proposed project(s) will be received at this time. The hearing is being conducted pursuant to Section 570.486, Subpart I of the CFR and in compliance with the requirements of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended.
The proposed project includes an evaluation of the Village’s water distribution system, as well as sewer collection system and stormwater, as stormwater can create infiltration within the collection system. Upon completion of the evaluation a phased plan to address the infrastructure system needs will be prepared in the form of a Preliminary Engineering Report (PER).
The Athens Volunteer Fire Department is accessible to persons with disabilities. If special accommodations are needed for persons with disabilities, those with hearing impairments, or those in need of translation from English, those individuals should contact the Athens Village Clerk at 2 First St., Athens, NY or via email at least one week in advance of the hearing date to allow for necessary arrangements. Written comments may also be submitted to Athens Village Clerk: 2 First St., Athens, NY 12015 until July 16, 2021.